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Food Integrity Campaign Blog

Whistleblower: Pilot Poultry Plant “Craziest Thing I’ve Ever Walked Into”

Food Integrity Campaign | July 11, 2014

This week, the USDA submitted a new draft version of its controversial poultry inspection plan to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). It’s the OMB’s role to review regulatory policy and set the president’s budget (which, in turn, dictates rulemaking priorities). While there might be changes to the proposal in response to public comments, […]

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Whistleblower Concerns about Chemical-Drenched Chicken Featured Today on Dr. Oz

Food Integrity Campaign | July 8, 2014

Finding out that the chicken on your plate has been through an intense chemical bath is not very appetizing, but industry insiders and whistleblowers feel you should know the truth about poultry, the largest segment of U.S. agriculture. USDA poultry inspectors have been raising concerns about the dangerous changes in the industry for years, including […]

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FIC Investigation into Big Biotech’s Kauai Influence Underway

Amanda Hitt | July 1, 2014

When most people think of Hawaii, they picture a beautiful and pristine tropical paradise. That’s what the FIC team thought too, until concerned citizen activists sought our help in exposing the improper influence of biotech companies on state legislators and officials. As it turns out, major biotech companies like BASF and Syngenta have taken an […]

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Considering Blowing the Whistle? 10 Quick Tips to Know

Amanda Hitt | July 1, 2014

Have you ever seen something wrong in the workplace and felt like you should speak up? Everyday people witness waste, fraud, and abuses of power in the workplace but are unsure what to do about it. The stakes are high. Making the ethical decision can be hard when blowing the whistle can be a career-ending […]

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Report Confirms What USDA Whistleblowers are Telling Us

Food Integrity Campaign | June 24, 2014

Empowering whistleblowers who are on the front lines of the food supply is the best way to keep the system transparent and wrongdoers accountable. But until a culture is created in which blowing the whistle is expected and rewarded, the dire situation of secrecy and repeat violations without accountability that currently exists will only continue. […]

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Whistleblowers Key in Publicizing Animal Agriculture’s Environmental Violations

Food Integrity Campaign | June 6, 2014

Animal agriculture is one of the top contributors to our most serious environmental problems, producing 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. FIC works with whistleblowers who reveal horrific stories of contamination due to routine factory farm practices. Just last week, the Environmental Protection Agency fined a meat processing plant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania $40,000 […]

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Tri States Public Radio: Ag Gag to Hide Food-Related Problems

May 22, 2014

By BILL KNIGHT As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst. But if something like that happened to be uncovered by Iowa whistleblowers, the whistleblowers could be prosecuted. In some states, E coli, salmonella and a whole host […]

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We’re Listening to USDA Poultry Whistleblowers. Petition Secretary Vilsack to do the Same!

Food Integrity Campaign | April 25, 2014

Thus far, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has failed to acknowledge the concerns of USDA poultry inspectors regarding his agency’s proposal to increase line speeds and privatize inspection at processing plants. The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), despite being the public health arm of the agency, seems to be promoting industry profit, as corporations stand […]

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Canton Daily Ledger: ‘Ag Gag’ Protects Bad Producers Not Good Consumers

April 21, 2014

BY BILL KNIGHT As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst. But if something like that happened to be uncovered by Iowa whistleblowers, the whistleblowers could be prosecuted. In some states, E coli, salmonella and a whole host […]

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Tennessee Legislature Wins ‘Muzzle Award’ for Pushing Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Bill

Food Integrity Campaign | April 17, 2014

Last year, Tennessee was the only state whose legislature passed an Ag Gag bill aimed at silencing whistleblowers who expose abuse on industrial farms. Ten other states introduced similar measures, but each bill ultimately died in state legislatures. FIC was part of a strong campaign against these terrible pieces of legislation, and after a groundswell […]

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