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New Meat MythCrushers Videos Address Misperceptions About Worker Safety and Line Speed in Meat Industry

Thursday, March 31, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

Two new videos in the Meat MythCrushers series take on long-held myths aboutworker safety and how line speeds are regulated in the meat and poultry industry. The videos feature Dennis Burson, Ph.D., professor of meat extension and food safety specialist at the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Burson discusses the improvements in the meat industry that have led to considerable worker safety benefits. Department of Labor statistics show meat and poultry industry injury and illness rates are at an all-time industry low of 5.5 cases per 100 full-time workers per year in 2014. The results demonstrate a substantial improvement from 10 years ago, when the number of injuries and illnesses stood at 10.3 cases per 100 full-time workers, and 20 years ago, when the rate was 24.3 cases per 100 workers.

The video also details the variety of tools workers use in meat and poultry plants to help ensure their safety.

In the second video, Dr. Burson clarifies how line speeds in meat plants are regulated, noting that USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors determine maximum line speeds and can slow down processing lines if there are food safety, worker safety or animal welfare concerns. He also clarifies that the speed of the line should not be the focal point, but rather how a line is staffed. A line can move more quickly when it is staffed more heavily, according to Burson.

All of the Meat MythCrusher videos are available at http://www.meatmythcrushers.com/.

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