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We the undersigned believe that the speed of work in meat and poultry processing plants moves too fast. The meatpacking industry's injury rate is nearly double that of U.S. manufacturing as a whole. These injuries are directly related to the speed of the line, which compromises the safety of workers and the safety of the meat they process. Food safety cannot be maintained for consumers when worker safety is not maintained.
The USDA has a daily presence in most meat processing plants, and should demand that meat processors maintain safe conditions to ensure both the safety of the worker and safety of the consumer. USDA inspectors must make it a priority to notify OSHA of unsafe work conditions in order to effectively carry out the duties of both agencies. OSHA must also make meat processing work speed a priority. Together you must slow down the speed of the line.
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