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Before reading this, you might want to think twice about biting into that bacon.
Just a few months ago, the story broke about a shocking undercover video filmed inside a Minnesota pig slaughterhouse. It generated national and international headlines as the scenes depicted in the video seemed more appropriate for Upton Sinclair's The Jungle than a 2015 investigative exposé.
But this wasn't just any pig slaughterhouse. It was an exclusive
supplier of Hormel, best known as the makers of SPAM. It's also one of
the nation's largest — and fastest — slaughter plants. For more than 15
years, it's been operating under a limited USDA pilot program that's
never been fully evaluated, though it has been widely criticized.
Despite expectations that the USDA would announce its review of this
pilot program in January 2016 — with the anticipation it would get a
thumbs up to expand to other US pig slaughterhouses — this topic seems
to again be missing from the federal regulatory agenda.