Tell Hormel to Slow Down its High-Speed Processing Plants

Under a new pilot program by the USDA, line speeds at pork processing plants are sped up by nearly 20 percent, moving pigs at the rate of 1,300 hogs per hour. These rapid line speeds increase the risks of inhumane handling, worker injuries and contamination by feces and other unsavory substances like hair, toenails and tumors.

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USDA inspectors have also come forward with concerns about their ability to properly inspect meat at this rapid pace, noting that the pilot program requires them to inspect as many as 83 pounds of pork per second.

Hormel, one of the largest pork producers in the US, owns three of the five facilities currently participating in the high-speed hog inspection pilot program:

  • Quality Pork - Austin, Minnesot
  • Farmer John / Cloughtery Packing Company - Vernon, California
  • Hormel Foods -¬†Fremont, Nebraska

As part of our ongoing Meatrix action campaign, we've joined the Food Integrity Campaign in taking action. Through its WTF Hormel?! campaign, FIC is calling consumers to sign a petition urging Hormel to slow down its lines and make them safe.

Watch Food Integrity Campaign's video about high-speed pork processing above, and take action at WTF Hormel?!

Responses to "Tell Hormel to Slow Down its High-Speed Processing Plants"
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  1. Mary Lynn Salvucci

    Whoever decided to set the quotas so high that it jeopardizes worker safety and humane treatment of animals AND the safety of the products going to consumers, needs to be FIRED ! They are taking a RISK for the sake of production that could cost lives.

  2. Mary Lynn Salvucci

    Whoever decided to set the quotas so high that it jeopardizes worker safety and humane treatment of animals AND the safety of the products going to consumers, needs to be FIRED ! They are taking a RISK for the sake of production that could cost lives.

  3. DEBORAH

    THIS IS A GOOD REASON TO NOT BUY YOUR PRODUCTS!!!

  4. cindy

    WHAT!Slow down the meat slaughtering process.I say abolish it!No animals needs to die in order for us to live!Eat no harm.

  5. cindy

    WHAT!Slow down the meat slaughtering process.I say abolish it!No animals needs to die in order for us to live!Eat no harm.

  6. marc fried

    speeding up your lines leaves less time to inspect the meat - which makes it less safe as inspectors have less time to view the carcases's: and you want me to believe that it makes it safer - HOW???

  7. Nawal Tamimi

    The safety of workers is very important and you need to slow down. I plan not to buy Hormel, ever again!

  8. Nawal Tamimi

    The safety of workers is very important and you need to slow down. I plan not to buy Hormel, ever again!

  9. Julie Amato

    This does nOT seem like a great idea! Slow down and do thing properly....thank you.

  10. Maxine Ann Stopfer

    Please think of the safety of your workers. At this point the animal is already dead so their safety is no longer a concern but your employees should be considered.

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