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[Susan notes: More inspection for schoolhouse, less for chicken slaughterhouse. I'm serious about more salmonella. Chicken slaughter is a very dirty operation.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

As a longtime teacher and also someone who eats poultry, I read New Rules Say Poultry Plants Can Inspect Their Birds (Aug. 1, 2014) with astonishment. At the same time the US Department of Education ramps up standards and inspection rules for teachers, the USDA's Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rules decrees "Trust the slaughter house workers" to inspect themselves.

This decrease in federal oversight flies in the face of the 2008 Consumer Reports finding of "more deaths attributed to poultry than to any other commodity."

Look for more salmonella in the U.S.--and don't blame teachers for this one.

Susan Ohanian

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