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Now the government is hoping meat and poultry producers might choose to do some videotaping of their own.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued draft guidelines designed to help producers implement in-plant video monitoring as a way to improve operations. Federally inspected processing plants may chose to use video or other electronic recording equipment "for various purposes including ensuring that livestock are handled humanely, that good commercial practices are followed, monitoring product inventory, or conducting establishment security," according to the release.
Farmed-animal welfare advocate, Dr. Temple Grandin, is supportive of video monitoring in meat processing plants.