USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last week released two petitions on humane handling of non-ambulatory food animals for public comment.
The National Pork Producers Council reports that the first petition, submitted by the Human Society of the United States, requests FSIS to repeal a provision in inspection regulations that allows tired or cold veal calves to be retested after ante-mortem inspections.
The second petition, submitted by Farm Sanctuary, is more concerning as it requests the immediate euthanasia of all non-ambulatory livestock. This has implications for the pork industry as some pigs can develop temporary mobility issues following transport to market. Those pigs tend to recover normally if given a 20- to 30-minute rest period.
FSIS has only granted the first petition, but is accepting public comments on both to obtain further information and input. Interested parties can submit comments on either proposal here.
Comments are due by April 18.