Letting the Fox Guard the Henhouse…not a metaphor!
Cost savings? I don’t know much about this industry except for the press, but I am thinking switching to vegan style, except Monsanto comes to mind. (Turn on being flip switch). Instead of an answer. I would ask two beginning questions: Is this a trend? Should I be increasingly concerned about our supply chain?
From OMB Watch alert Letting the Fox Guard the Hen house:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made the front page of The New York Times this week for its proposal to change the way chickens and other poultry are inspected in processing plants before they are sent to supermarkets and butcher shops all across the country. In January, the agency published a controversial new proposal that would shift responsibility for inspections away from agency inspectors and allow employees of the slaughtering plants to judge their own handiwork. We’re not the only ones who think asking chicken producers to police themselves might be a bad idea.
Hmmm. If you really let the fox guard the hen house, the chickens would not be so fat, eh? 😉 Probably an improvement on the current practice.
“If the proposal is adopted, line speeds could be increased to 175 chickens per minute.”
whatsa matter, dan, dont you think they can inspect 175 chickens per minute?
This is how most things work now, including financial audits of the largest companies (typically the preponderance of the audit work is done by the internal audit staff of the company).
DoD has been allowing major defense contractors to test their own work for well over 20 years now (previously they required that testing be from 3rd party companies).
If people have been under the impression that they’re having their interests protected by external monitoring, in most cases they have been falsely informed.
Unless the company employs foxes, and inspecting is guarding, “fox guarding the chicken coup” is still a metaphor.
I didn’t think that chickens could run that fast. 😉
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