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Salon: Chicken farmer who spoke out against factory farm abuses files for federal whistleblower protection

February 19, 2015

By LINDSAY ABRAMS The chicken farmer who took the brave and unusual step of speaking out against poultry giant Perdue Farms is filing for federal whistleblower protection for the retaliation he says he experienced for coming forward. Craig Watts, of North Carolina, had been raising chickens for Perdue, the country’s third-largest poultry producer, since 1992. […]

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WIRED: A Factory Farmer Strikes Back at the Company He Farms For

February 19, 2015

By MARYN MCKENNA Back in December I wrote about a chicken farmer who took the extraordinary step of inviting animal-welfare activists into his barns to document the conditions under which his contract compels him to raise his birds. The farmer, Craig Watts of North Carolina, has raised chicken for Perdue Farms for two decades and […]

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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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Austin Daily Herald: Hormel called out over high-speed production; Meat inspectors say process more likely to cause contamination

February 11, 2015

By TREY MEWES Meat inspectors are speaking out against a high-speed pork production program used by several Hormel Foods Corp. factories. The Government Accountability Project released four affidavits from working and recently retired meat inspectors on Monday, all of whom denounced a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points project for increasing the contamination in meat […]

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Bacon, Now With Toenails? USDA Inspectors Blow the Whistle on Pork Program

Amanda Hitt | February 6, 2015

This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Americans love pork. But they’d probably think twice about biting into that slice of bacon or Spam sandwich if they knew about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s high-speed slaughter program. Fortunately, a few brave USDA meat inspectors have come forward to let folks know what’s really going […]

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Daily Mail: Toenails, hair and fecal matter are finding their way into America’s pork according to USDA whistleblowers

February 5, 2015

by CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN Toenails, hair and fecal matter are finding their way into Americans’ pork under new, faster slaughterhouse regulations. Whistleblowers from inside the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have spoken out against a recent pilot program, saying they let harmful materials be passed on to consumers. They claim that fewer inspectors and higher […]

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New Republic: Whistleblower USDA Food Inspectors on Hormel’s Pork Plants: It’s “Just Nuts”

February 5, 2015

by TED GENOWAYS Four U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meat inspectors, all working in slaughter operations owned or operated by the Hormel Foods Corporation, have come forward this week with shocking allegations in affidavits offered to the whistleblower protection organization Government Accountability Project (GAP). A government-run pilot program experimenting with a reduced inspection protocol in […]

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LA Weekly: New High-Speed Pork Inspection System May Not Be Stopping Contaminated Meat

February 5, 2015

by JENNY PETERS In love with bacon, pulled-pork BBQ and a lovely pork chop now and then? Then buyer beware, as some of the pig products coming to grocery butcher shelves and restaurant refrigerators may not be getting the proper inspection needed to prove they’re not contaminated with some pretty disgusting stuff. The Government Accountability […]

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Food Safety News: USDA Inspectors Condemn Hog Plant HIMP Model

February 5, 2015

Last Friday, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) released affidavits from four federal inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s high-speed inspection pilot program who have come forward with their concerns about the system. “Under the HIMP model, company inspectors take over the duties of USDA inspectors at the lymph node incision and head inspection stations,” […]

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The Dodo: USDA Inspectors Admit To Poop, Hair, Toenails In Factory Pork

February 4, 2015

by MELISSA CRONIN Add this to the lengthy list of problems created by America’s factory farming complex: poop, hair and toenails on your plate. Over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been trying out a new, faster way of inspecting the slaughter of hogs, known as the The Hazard Analysis […]

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