Former USDA inspector says line speeds are too high

A retired USDA meat inspector "is joining forces with critics who say that a trial high-speed hog processing system piloted by USDA is a food safety nightmare," reports Food Safety News.

USDA investigates cruelty charges at Hormel pork supplier

A videotape released by an anti-cruelty group raised serious concerns about operations at a large hog slaughter plant and prompted a USDA investigation, says the Washington Post. The footage was filmed by an employee of the nonprofit Compassion over Killing at Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minn., which is a supplier of Hormel, the maker of SPAM.