The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Monday issued a new rule, effective Sept. 15, that increases meat inspectors' roles in ensuring animals going to slaughter are treated in a humane manner. The rule makes official changes made in the past several years and replaces older policies on the subject, issued in 2003 and 1998. Under the new rule, FSIS meat inspectors will undergo more training and a definition was outlined for "egregious inhumane handling," which the agency says constitutes acts or conditions that "results in severe harm to animals."

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