Food Inspectors: Trump’s Meat Inspection Rules Will Lead To ‘Mystery Meat’
Anthony Vallone and Jill Mauer, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors, filed a whistleblower report warning that “mystery” meat and other unwanted materials will contaminate pork throughout the U.S. under new meat inspection rules used in a pilot program, according to The Hill.
The disclosure forms were filed with the Office of Special Counsel.
“The consumer’s being duped,” Mauer said, adding that the meat is likely to contain feces, sex organs, bladders, toenails, and unwanted hair.
Under the new rules, the required number of federal inspectors that check the meat for defects would drop from seven to two or three. The plants’ employees would be tasked with checking the meat directly without any required federal training.
The pilot program for the adjusted rules for pork lines has been implemented at five plants, while the other 35 plants in the U.S. are expected to apply for the new inspection rules. Those 40 plants together produce 92 percent of the pork Americans eat.
Although an FSIS spokesperson told The Hill that the program has been in effect in the five plants for nearly two decades without reports of increased incidents, Mauer said: “If this continues across the nation, when you open your package of meat, what you’re gonna get for a pathogen is gonna be a mystery.”