Safe Food Coalition Wants HIMP Dropped

USDA's HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) shifts responsibility for inspecting poultry processing plants from government to the companies

The Safe Food Coalition put the USDA on notice this week when they wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking him to withdraw that agency’s proposal to modify its extremely controversial poultry slaughter inspection program, known as HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project or HIMP.

The coalition, made up with groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food & Water Watch, and Consumer Federation of America among others, also released affidavits from inspectors who have worked at HIMP and non-HIMP plants that talk about the "serious problems the program directly poses to public health if line speeds are increased up to six times faster at some HIMP plants, and federal inspectors are replaced by plant workers who may not speak up about food safety issues. To read more, click HERE.