US considers faster hog slaughtering based on plant staffing – union
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CHICAGO – The Biden administration is considering a proposal that could allow some pork plants to slaughter pigs more quickly if they boost staffing, a union official said, after a U.S. court struck down a Trump-era rule that removed line speed limits.
The proposal put forward by Quality Pork Processors, operator of a large Minnesota slaughterhouse, and union officials could benefit companies like WH Group Ltd's Smithfield Foods and JBS USA, the North American unit of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA.
Faster slaughtering would help them increase pork production at a time of high demand and soaring bacon prices.
PORK PLANTS FACE SLOWER HOG SLAUGHTER AFTER COURT RULING
Seven pork plants were initially able to operate without limits on line speeds after a 2019 U.S. Department of Agriculture rule change that did not need congressional approval. Six of the plants had previously received waivers to run at a faster pace.
A federal judge in March invalidated the policy and forced the plants to slow down following a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union lawsuit against the USDA over concerns about worker safety.