Poultry workers already face highly dangerous working conditions—including breakneck line speeds, deafening noise levels, injury rates almost twice the national average and illness rates six times as high.

The USDA is currently considering a petition from the chicken industry to increase line speeds from 140 birds per minute to the industry-preferred 175 birds per minute (bpm), or higher, or roughly three birds per second. This action would further exacerbate the unsafe conditions poultry workers already face, and would have serious detrimental effects on food safety and animal welfare.

Tell USDA Secretary Perdue we want safer poultry processing plants, not more dangerous ones.

There is still time to add your name to the growing list of people and organizations demanding the USDA reject any increase in poultry line speeds. The deadline for the USDA to decide is December 13, 2017.

Click on the button below to submit your comment to the USDA. You will be redirected to a page at Regulations.gov.

Let them know you oppose the industry petition to speed up poultry lines, and that the evidence is clear that any line speed increase would jeopardize the health and safety of both poultry workers and consumers at large: the faster the line speed, the greater the risk of harm.

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