US Poultry Inspection to Focus on Microbiological Issues

31 March 2014, at 7:21am

US - Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack has defended the overhaul of the poultry inspection system.

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, defended USDA’s proposed overhaul of the poultry inspection system in a hearing last week before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, reports the US National Chicken Council.

“We can not only save money, but more important, save lives,” Secretary Vilsack said.

He added that critics do not fully understand the new inspection system, and he pointed out that, under the new system, microbiological safety will be the focus, not cosmetic issues.

In terms of the timeline, he said the department is hoping to finalise the proposal in 2014, so the savings can be factored into the fiscal year 2015 budget.