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Biden Administration Freezes Proposed Line Speed Increases in Poultry Plants

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Biden Administration Freezes Proposed Line Speed Increases in Poultry Plants
Photo caption: The Trump administration had sought to increase line speeds in the poultry industry. Photography by Vodograj on Shutterstock. Article by Dan Nosowitz. Modern Farmer – January 26, 2021.

It’s a point for worker safety.

The Trump administration’s quest to allow for faster meat processing may have hit a snag: The Trump administration is no longer in power.

A significant and maligned part of the Trump administration’s work in the meat-processing industry involved line speeds: how many animals a plant can process per minute. The Biden administration, though, announced on Monday that it would be withdrawing one of those proposed rules.

The Trump administration had sought to increase line speeds in the pork and poultry industries, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The poultry rules allowed for some plants to increase their per-minute processing to 175 from 140. […]

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