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Rudy Howell Complaint of Retaliation

Food Integrity Campaign | February 12, 2021

Today, Government Accountability Project/Food Integrity Campaign filed a Whistleblower Complaint on behalf of poultry grower, Rudy Howell. The Complaint alleges that Rudy is a whistleblower and was wrongfully terminated for making protected disclosures. “Rudy Howell owns and operates the Robert Miller poultry farm in Fairmont, North Carolina. For over 25 years, Howell was contracted exclusively […]

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Chickens

How we got these undue preference rules

Food Integrity Campaign | December 4, 2020

A visual history on the fight to enforce protections for farmers and ranchers under the Packers and Stockyards Act

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Press Advisory: Meat Inspector Speaks Out Against Unsafe COVID-19 Plant Conditions

FIC Staff | November 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2020   Meat Inspector Speaks Out Against Unsafe COVID-19 Plant Conditions WASHINGTON — Since the beginning of the pandemic, Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign has closely followed the impact of COVID-19 in meat plants. Now, a whistleblower who once worked at the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa is […]

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Press Release: Pilgrim’s Pride Admits to Colluding to Suppress Competition in the Chicken Industry

FIC Staff | October 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2020 Pilgrim’s Pride Admits to Colluding to Suppress Competition in the Chicken Industry  The guilty plea signifies a tremendous win for advocates of a more just food system. WASHINGTON—In a major win for advocates fighting corporate concentration, on October 13 Pilgrim’s Pride became the first major corporation in a broad […]

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COVID-19: The New Hamlet Fire

FIC Staff | September 22, 2020

On September 3, 1991, a horrible tragedy rattled North Carolina’s business community. Around 8:30 that morning the Imperial Food Products chicken packing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina, burst into flames. When the fire broke out, many of the key exit doors were locked. In an effort to keep workers from stealing chickens, fire exit doors […]

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Blue Ridge Public Radio: NC’s Anti-Retaliation Law For Workers Is Not Working

August 21, 2020

This radio show mentions Food Integrity Campaign and originally appeared here.  North Carolina’s 1992 Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) is intended to protect workers from retaliation when they file complaints related to on-the-job injury and other health and safety concerns. It should keep employers from firing workers who complain. But in a new investigative piece […]

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Safety and Health Magazine: NELP to USDA: Faster Poultry-Processing Line Speeds During COVID-19 Pandemic ‘Irresponsible and Reckless’

June 22, 2020

Note: this article featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. NELP to USDA: Faster Poultry-Processing Line Speeds During COVID-19 Pandemic ‘Irresponsible and Reckless’ Washington — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service in April approved 15 poultry processing plants’ requests to increase line speeds 25% – despite […]

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Racial Injustice: The Truth about Industrial Agriculture

FIC Staff | June 18, 2020

Racial Injustice: The Truth about Industrial Agriculture Racial injustice is at the forefront of our collective thoughts, yet the continued structural dependence of the food system on racial oppression is often overlooked. For those of us demanding food system reform and for those of us for whom racial injustice is a lived experience, it comes as no surprise that the meat industry has thrived even as communities of color […]

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FIC works to have USDA compensate farmers – not the corporations- directly for Covid 19 losses.  

FIC Staff | June 17, 2020

FIC works to have USDA compensate farmers – not the corporations- directly for Covid 19 losses.   FIC and its farmer advocacy partners are suggesting legislative language that would ensure farmers do not face bankruptcy during Covid-19. The pandemic has shown in sharp relief the many ways our industrial meat system has been designed to drive profit at the expense of animals, workers, and […]

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COVID- 19 Outbreaks in NC: Symptoms of a Sick System 

FIC Staff | June 4, 2020

COVID- 19 Outbreaks in NC: Symptoms of a Sick System  By Sally Lee Tyson Foods recently disclosed that 570 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at their Wilkesboro chicken processing plant. In this unprecedented time, we must take care to not be divided by the meat industry’s all-too familiar blame shifting tactics. The Trump administration’s official response to this crisis in meat plants has been to simultaneously declare […]

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