EPA Should Not Rush Proposal on Update to Effluent Limitations for Meat and Poultry Products

Dec. 6, 2023
Chris Young, executive director for the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP), discusses the potential updates to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) effluent limitations for meat and poultry processors and why his organization hopes the agency will consider the impact on the small to mid-sized meat and poultry processors before moving forward.

It has been nearly 20 years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the effluent limitation guidelines for meat and poultry processing plants, and the agency is now quietly taking steps to make a proposal on new standards. Chris Young, executive director for the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP), joins the Food For Thought podcast this week to talk through the process thus far.

In this episode, Young says the industry is, of course, not opposed to environmental regulations, but AAMP wants to shed light on some of the fundamental issues with the data the EPA assembled to put together this update, particularly in relation to the ability of small to mid-size meat and poultry processors to meet standards set more in tune to large processing facilities.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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