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(article, Culinate staff)

In case you missed it back in April, the USDA took flak for its proposed new regulations on chicken inspections, which would not only drastically speed up the inspection process but essentially privatize the industry, letting processing plants police themselves. Consumers complained, delivering nearly 150,000 petitions to the USDA in protest. (Other petitions are still circulating, with a comment deadline of May 29.) And, as Helena Bottemiller reported on the blog Food Safety News, ag secretary Tom Vilsack is publicly butting heads with his wife, Iowa congressional candidate Christie Vilsack, over the proposed regulations; the secretary supports the plan, while his wife does not.