The undersigned members of the Safe Food Coalition submit these comments in opposition to the National Chicken Council (NCC) petition to waive line speed restrictions on chicken slaughter plants. Contrary to the NCC’s claims, the available evidence gives little assurance that allowing higher line speeds would not compromise food safety. Before eliminating longstanding protections, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) should take a hard look at how existing line speed waivers have affected food safety, and tailor any future reforms to reduce foodborne illness, rather than simply maintain the status quo.

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