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US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

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In this March 3, 2011 =, file photo, boneless pork loins sit waiting to be packaged at a grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa. Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety.