Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection - Statement of Joel Brandenberger, NTF President

July 10, 2014
Washington, D.C.

The turkey industry is committed to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement logical steps in modernizing the U.S. food-safety inspection system to ensure it remains the world’s best. 

NTF was pleased to see that USDA’s proposed Poultry Inspection Modernization Rule has been submitted to the Office of Budget and Management for final review. Because draft documents under review are considered deliberative and not available for public release, NTF has not seen the final rule, but did submit comments in support of the proposed rule. That draft detailed a modern, sensible approach that will allow food safety inspectors to focus more closely on public health. Further, it described a revamped inspection system that would allow federal inspectors to shift to prevention-oriented inspection systems and redeploy resources in a manner that better protects the public from foodborne diseases.

The turkey industry strives to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy turkey products with full confidence in its safety.  These actions, together with scientifically-based regulatory actions will affect positive results in the regulated poultry establishments. NTF urges the Office of Budget and Management to provide a high priority review for this important regulation.