President Biden has halted an effort by the Trump administration to increase line speeds in poultry plants across the United States. The IUF reported recently that COVID-19 infections were more prevalent in poultry plants that had been authorized to allow faster lines speeds of 175 birds a minute Faster lines [...]
The Biden administration has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have allowed poultry plants to increase line speeds to 175 birds per minute from 140 birds per minute, an increase of 25%. "The line speed rule is one of several rules and regulations that fall under the regulatory freeze memo issued last [...]
The Trump administration approved faster line speeds at chicken plants. Those facilities are more likely to have covid-19 cases.
The Trump administration allowed 15 poultry plants to increase slaughter line speeds during the pandemic, an action that boosts production and makes it more difficult for workers to maintain space between one another. It also appears to have hastened the spread of the coronavirus. Now the outgoing administration is rushing [...]
Worker advocates and food safety experts have long called attention to the speed at which poultry plants’ lines move, because the faster they move, the faster the workers have to perform repetitive tasks, sometimes with sharp tools. COVID-19 has amplified those concerns, since quick line speeds tend to require close [...]
Latino workers at meat and chicken processing plants have been the hardest hit by coronavirus, accounting for 56 percent of cases reported in plants in 21 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The latest CDC data, published Tuesday, reinforces alarms raised as meat and chicken facilities and [...]