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USDA Plan To Speed Up Poultry-Processing Lines Could Increase Risk Of Bird Abuse - The Washington Post

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In this Sept. 10, 2008 file photo, chickens huddle in their cages at an egg processing plant at the Dwight Bell Farm in Atwater, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) | AP

Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kill the birds before they are dropped into scalding water, U.S. Department of Agriculture records show.

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