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Press Releases

Historic Filing: Farmer Sues Perdue for Violation of FSMA Whistleblower Protection Law

Food Integrity Campaign | February 19, 2015

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Food Integrity Campaign (FIC, a program of the Government Accountability Project) filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint on behalf of its client, Perdue contract farmer Craig Watts. Mr. Watts alleges that the poultry company initiated intimidation tactics against Watts after he publicized animal welfare concerns. This is an historic event, the […]

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Inspectors Warn Against USDA’s High-Speed Hog Inspection Program

Food Integrity Campaign | January 30, 2015

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) is releasing evidence it has gathered from federal meat inspector whistleblowers who currently work at pork processing plants participating in a high-speed inspection pilot program. These whistleblowers voice concerns regarding the program and warn about the potential public health implications if this plan is instituted on […]

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Farm Bureau Case Challenging EPA’s Right to Share Factory Farm Data Dismissed

Food Integrity Campaign | January 28, 2015

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Government Accountability Project (GAP) applauded a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a challenge brought by the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Pork Producers Council against the Environmental Protection Agency in Minneapolis late yesterday. The industry groups were seeking to block the federal agency’s ability to release public information regarding highly […]

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GAP Represents Chicken Farmer Who Speaks Out against Perdue Practices

Food Integrity Campaign | December 5, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) announced that it will represent Perdue contract farmer Craig Watts. Watts recently publicized allegations involving questionable labeling practices and the mistreatment of chickens. Watts is risking his livelihood to make these important disclosures. GAP, through the Food Integrity Campaign, works to protect and empower honest food […]

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Consumer and Worker Rights Groups File Amicus in Opposition of New Poultry Inspection System

Food Integrity Campaign | October 3, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Today, consumer and worker rights groups filed a joint amicus curiae brief with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in the case of Food & Water Watch v. USDA. The lawsuit challenges the agency’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules, a plan modeled after the agency’s controversial pilot […]

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New Food Whistleblower Website Launches Video and Community Action Hub

Food Integrity Campaign | August 5, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Government Accountability Project announced the launch of a mobile-friendly website redesign for its Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) at www.FoodWhistleblower.org. The Campaign aims to protect and empower employees who speak out against waste, fraud, abuse or violations of law along the food supply chain. The new site features a short animated […]

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FIC Statement on Public Release of USDA’s Poultry Inspection Rule

Food Integrity Campaign | July 31, 2014

(Washington, DC) – The Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) expressed outrage today over the White House’s decision to send the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s poultry inspection rule back to the agency for public release. FIC Director Amanda Hitt stated: “The USDA has apparently made some changes to the initial regulation, but whatever is […]

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GAP Investigates Biotech Industry Influence on Hawaii Government Officials

Food Integrity Campaign | December 20, 2013

(LIHUE) – The Government Accountability Project (GAP) submitted several information requests to Hawaii state and county officials about meetings and communications with large biotech companies during the debate over Kauai’s pesticide and disclosure legislation, Bill 2491. The bill, now law, requires biotech companies to disclose pesticide use information and establish buffer zones between their fields […]

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New Food Safety Bill Empowers Meat Industry Workers to Protect Food Supply

Food Integrity Campaign | September 12, 2013

(Washington, DC) – The Government Accountability Project (GAP) welcomes the comprehensive whistleblower protections included in the Safe Meat and Poultry Act of 2013, introduced today by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The bill provides gold standard whistleblower protections for corporate meat and poultry workers who report food violations enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). […]

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Wife of USDA Whistleblower Gathers 150,000+ Signatures to Stop Agency Retaliation

Food Integrity Campaign | August 6, 2013

(Washington, DC) – Tammy Schrier, wife of Government Accountability Project (GAP) client and veteran USDA inspector Jim Schrier, has collected more than 150,000 petition signatures through a Change.org petition asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop retaliating against her husband. Jim Schrier, a USDA meat inspector for 29 years, was recently stationed at […]

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