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US turkey industry supporting inspection changes

The US turkey industry is committed to working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement logical steps in modernising the US food-safety inspection system to ensure it remains the world’s best, Joel Brandenberger, National Turkey Federation president said in a statement.

"NTF was pleased to see that USDA's proposed Poultry Inspection Modernization Rule has been submitted to the Office of Budget and Management for final review,"Brandenberger said. "Because draft documents under review are considered deliberative and not available for public release, NTF has not seen the final rule, but did submit comments in support of the proposed rule."

"That draft detailed a modern, sensible approach that will allow food safety inspectors to focus more closely on public health. Further, it described a revamped inspection system that would allow federal inspectors to shift to prevention-oriented inspection systems and redeploy resources in a manner that better protects the public from foodborne diseases."

"The turkey industry strives to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy turkey products with full confidence in its safety.  These actions, together with scientifically-based regulatory actions will affect positive results in the regulated poultry establishments. NTF urges the Office of Budget and Management to provide a high priority review for this important regulation," Brandenberger concluded.

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