Federal regulations limit the speed of the slaughter line to 140 birds per minute (more than 2 birds per second), although that could be raised to 175 birds per minute if proposed regulations take effect. When the slaughter line moves at 140 birds per minute, it can cause health problems such as carpel tunnel syndrome in slaughterhouse workers, and is too fast for inspectors to properly inspect each bird.
A limit on the slaughter line speed could help ensure that workers have adequate time to properly handle the birds and ensure they are properly stunned and slaughtered, and for inspectors to properly inspect each bird for proper slaughter and fecal matter contamination.
Slaughter line speed: Criteria key
standards encourage a slower ("appropriate") slaughter line speed but there are no requirements.
a limit on the speed of the slaughter line
slower slaughter line speed is guaranteed because automated slaughter is prohibited
Slaughter line speed: How labels stack up against criteria
CHICKEN LABELS REPORT - Criteria: Slaughter line speed