November 1, 2013

Regarding the Oct. 30 front-page story “Faster slaughter line a slower death for poultry”:

The Agriculture Department (USDA) should pull the plug on its plan to increase line speeds in poultry production facilities. It is clearer and clearer that the proposal poses unnecessary risk to workers, food safety and, as The Post’s unsettling reporting showed, the birds. If line speeds get faster, and if USDA inspectors are increasingly replaced by industry employees, these horror stories will probably become more common, which would decrease confidence in the safety of U.S. poultry.

Sarah Klein, Washington

The writer is a staff attorney at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.