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PBS Highlights Danger of USDA’s New Poultry Rule

Food Integrity Campaign | September 9, 2014

Watch the PBS piece below about USDA’s dangerous new poultry inspection rule, which was finalized recently against the wishes of the agency’s own inspectors and countless others concerned about public health. The rule hands government oversight of food safety to the plants themselves.

Yes, you heard that correctly. Privatization of the meat industry is now a reality. Does that book The Jungle ring a bell? This should be a concern to anyone who eats meat or knows someone who does.

In the video, FIC Director Amanda Hitt states:

“What’s been consistent is a culture where the meat inspectors themselves aren’t heard and they’re not listened to and they’re frequently disregarded, and that comes at the peril of the consumer.”

FIC is outraged that the rule went through, but we are continuing the fight to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen for other species. Join our email list to stay updated on future actions.


Sarah Damian is Communications Manager for the Food Integrity Campaign.