US moves to scrap speed limits on pig slaughter lines | Environment

New rules will allow production lines at pork plants to run faster, despite concerns over safety and quality The US government has given the go-ahead to new rules to eliminate production line speed limits at pig slaughterhouses, deeming restrictions “unnecessary” despite fears that lifting them will worsen the already high number of serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers. Amputations, fractured fingers, second-degree burns and head trauma are just some of the serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers every week, according to an investigation last year by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The investigation found that US meat workers are already three times more likely to suffer serious harm than the average American worker, with pork and beef workers nearly seven times more likely to suffer repetitive strain injuries. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said maximum line speeds were an “unnecessary regulatory obstacle to industry innovation” and that its new rules – the first reform to pork inspections for 50 years – were overdue. They would, the department said this week, allow companies to bring in new food saf...

Neil Alumkal, Jamie Beckman list ‘Mad Men’-inspired Williamsburg pad for $985K New York Post Page Six Page Six Style Decider

Hospitality publicist Neil Alumkal, founder and president of Stuntman PR, and his wife, writer Jamie Beckman, became known for hosting elaborate “Mad Men” parties in their midcentury-esque Williamsburg pad, especially during the series’ heyday from 2007 to 2015. Now their 810-square-foot apartment and its rooftop cabana, just blocks from the Bedford Avenue L train stop and McCarren Park, is on the market for $985,000. (He bought it for $675,000 in 2009, when he launched Stuntman as a start-up in Williamsburg.) The condo itself is filled with midcentury furniture, Alumkal says, including “Cherner chairs and Noguchi- and Saarinen-inspired pieces.” The one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit has 10-foot ceilings and Brazilian Ipe hardwood floors — and comes with a private roof deck with a Weber gas grill, a gas line and views of the Williamsburg Bridge. Beef Slaughter Equipment There’s also a chef’s kitchen, a washer/dryer and a spa-like bathroom with a 6-foot soaking tub, a double sink and a Toto toilet. Building amenities include a wellness floor with a gym, a yoga studio and a children’s playroom along with a media room, a billiards room, a courtyard, a sculpture garden, a common roof d...