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Food Integrity Campaign Blog

Protect Farmers Keeping Big Chicken Accountable

Amanda Hitt | June 3, 2016

The truth is trending in the poultry industry. More and more brave farmers are speaking out and seeking assistance from GAP’s Food Integrity Campaign to expose Big Chicken’s greedy practices. Eric Hedrick, a West Virginia poultry farmer contracted with Pilgrim’s Pride, sought our help after going public with concerns about diseased birds that look like […]

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U.S. House Passes Anti-Farmer Amendment to 2017 Budget

Food Integrity Campaign | April 28, 2016

This blog was cross-posted from the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) blog. By Sally Lee For the sixth time, members of Congress in the Ag Appropriations Committee have blocked implementation of regulations to protect farmers through a backdoor measure. But this time, their infamous “GIPSA rider” barely passed in this House committee, as several long-time […]

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Blowing the Whistle on McDonald’s: Workers Speak Out Against Abuses

Roxanne Darrow | November 6, 2015

It’s no easy task to stand up against one of the world’s largest fast food chains, especially without adequate legal safeguards. Food and farm workers in McDonald’s wide-reaching supply chain are bravely coming forward with their stories of abuse and retaliation. Our friends at the Food Chain Workers Alliance brought together a great panel this […]

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Idaho’s Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Amanda Hitt | August 4, 2015

This piece was originally published in the Huffington Post. An Idaho court found that agricultural whistleblowing is not a crime. Consumers who want to know the truth about the food system won a big victory this week against the culture of silence thanks to U.S. Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who struck down Idaho’s anti-whistleblower […]

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Thank a Food Worker This Week!

Food Integrity Campaign | November 24, 2014

In 2014, how many times have you gone grocery shopping or went out to eat at a restaurant? This week, consider the countless workers who grow, harvest, process, label, inspect, and ship food before it ends up on your dinner plate throughout the year. The Food Integrity Campaign is joining the Food Chain Workers Alliance […]

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Watching the Watchdog: Questions for USDA on Poultry Inspection

Food Integrity Campaign | October 17, 2014

Given USDA’s plan to move ahead with its New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), federal lawmakers have agreed it’s time to hold the USDA accountable for claims that its new system will improve food safety and overall inspection. Today, 15 members of the House of Representatives sent a long list of questions to Secretary of Agriculture […]

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Poultry Industry: Join Europe in Saying No to Chemicals

Food Integrity Campaign | October 6, 2014

The U.S. poultry industry has been ignoring whistleblower concerns about dangerous chemical use at processing plants, but will it ignore international trading partners? An NPR story last week explained how Europe’s food standards, which instigated banning chlorine treatment on chicken in the 1990s, are impacting U.S. trade negotiations. USDA poultry inspector Sherry Medina has been […]

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Chemical Use Still Causing Trouble in Meat and Poultry Industry

Alyssa Doom | August 21, 2014

What are companies using to clean off your meat these days? Most employees working in processing plants don’t know either. But reports from USDA inspectors about health problems related to chemicals continue to pour in here at FIC, and fingers are pointing at antimicrobial cleaners. Companies use a wide variety of chemicals to remove bacterial […]

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USDA Caves to Industry But Fight Isn’t Over

Alyssa Doom | August 1, 2014

Though extremely disappointed with the release of USDA’s new poultry inspection rule yesterday, FIC isn’t backing down in our fight against the problematic model. We will continue to fight to ensure that it is not expanded to other species. FIC and a coalition of consumer groups have been fighting this flawed plan since federal inspectors […]

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Celebrating Food Truth-Tellers on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day!

Food Integrity Campaign | July 30, 2014

Today is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day! This important occasion was established last year to recognize the brave contributions of whistleblowers to combat waste, fraud, abuse and violations of laws. Every worker along the food supply chain is a potential witness to wrongdoing, and the Food Integrity Campaign aims to ensure these individuals have adequate rights […]

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