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The Daily Times – Our View: In Poultry Processing Plants, Who Should Oversee Whom?

May 30, 2012

Federal agricultural officials believe they can give poultry industry officials more oversight responsibilities, free up government inspectors to focus on detecting food-borne pathogens and thereby increase consumer food safety, prevent 5,200 illnesses annually, save taxpayer money and lower production costs for the industry by allowing it to increase assembly line speeds. Consumer groups disagree. They […]

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More USDA Inspectors Question Poultry Plan Safety as Comment Period Ends

Food Integrity Campaign | May 29, 2012

New Concerns Raised Over Safety of Chicken, Turkey Products (Washington, DC) – Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) is releasing several additional affidavits from federal poultry inspectors/whistleblowers, all of which challenge the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed Modernization of Poultry Inspection System – based on the piloted poultry inspection system known as the HAACP-Based […]

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KGO-TV (ABC7 News) – Inside Look at Another Type of Meat Glue

May 21, 2012

The I-Team has uncovered more on the growing controversy over meat glue. It’s a product that binds bits and pieces of meat together to look like whole steaks. Now, the ABC7 I-Team looks at how one Midwestern company is helping processors re-make vats of meat they call unsellable into steaks for restaurant tables. This is […]

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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press – Efforts to Restrict Recordings of Animal Abuse Could Impede Newsgathering

May 1, 2012

by Kristen Rasmussen A recent spate of nationwide legislative measures designed to curb undercover recording at farms and other agricultural facilities may potentially restrict reporters’ ability to gather and publish important information about the food industry. Some of the measures would directly prohibit journalists from photographing or recording farm animals and other items and activities […]

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Kansas City Star – Plan to Modernize Poultry Plant Inspections Draws Concern

April 24, 2012

by Scott Canon Could fewer slaughterhouse inspectors make for a safer chicken cutlet? Federal officials see a way to modernize poultry plant inspections while reducing the number of government workers needed to look out for potential contamination. They say the changes would overhaul regulations that have been in place since the Eisenhower administration. They contend […]

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USDA Inspectors: Government ‘HIMP’ Plan is a Threat to Food Safety

Food Integrity Campaign | April 5, 2012

GAP Releases Early Evidence From HIMP Investigation – Shocking Whistleblower Affidavits Detailing Dangers of Poultry Plant Self-Inspection (Washington, DC) – Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) is releasing evidence it has gathered from federal poultry inspectors/whistleblowers about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal to fully implement a high-speed poultry production model known as the […]

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‘Pink Slime’ School Choice Shows Importance of Food Industry Whistleblowers

Food Integrity Campaign | March 15, 2012

 Episode Shows Power of Whistleblower Concerns & Need for Meat Industry Whistleblower Protections (Washington, DC) – The recent media firestorm surrounding “pink slime” – ammoniated beef trimmings produced by Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) – has made the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) think twice about serving the controversial product to America’s schoolchildren. Media reports […]

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Big Ag’s Water Pollution Costs Billions to Manage: Study

Food Integrity Campaign | March 13, 2012

Water contamination from factory farm waste and agricultural pesticides is a growing problem and usually lacks a media spotlight. This week, however, two separate studies illustrating how big of a problem we face received decent attention. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report paints a bleak picture of the billions of dollars spent around […]

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Utah Ag-Gag Following in Iowa’s Footsteps

Food Integrity Campaign | March 8, 2012

The Utah Senate passed the state’s “Ag Gag” bill yesterday with a 24-5 vote in a move to prevent undercover videotaping of abuse at livestock and poultry facilities. Following in Iowa’s footsteps, lawmakers changed some language to penalize individuals who apply for a job at an agricultural operation under false pretenses. According to Sen. Dave […]

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What’s on the School Lunch Menu? Ammoniated Beef!

Food Integrity Campaign | March 6, 2012

Earlier this year, FIC celebrated the fact that major fast food chains pulled BPI’s ammoniated beef trimmings from their menus, vindicating the actions of GAP client and whistleblower Kit Foshee. However, news has come that the USDA is still planning to purchase the controversial product for school lunches, according to The Daily. Last year, 6.5 […]

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