Rally Recap: Don't Play Chicken with My Food Safety!

chicken_suitWhat's a rally without a chicken suit? Or three? The mood was lively as a big circle of USDA inspectors represented by American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), joined by members of GAP's Food Integrity Campaign (FIC), Food & Water Watch, Consumer Federation of America and other concerned citizens (and human-size chickens), kept pace outside the USDA Visitor's Center chanting "What do we want? Safe chicken! When do we want it? Now!"

The federal employees and consumer watchdogs at the rally made it clear that the USDA attempt to deregulate poultry inspection by expanding HIMP is a threat to the consumer, and a move that ultimately prioritizes cost-savings over food safety. Signs read: "Don't play chicken with my food safety" and "Chicken inspection is not a speed sport!"

Read more »  

Rally Outside USDA Today to Protest Poultry Inspection Privatization

poultry_linePhoto: USDAIf you think "pink slime" is bad, what about thousands of scabbed and potentially contaminated chicken going down plant conveyor lines at almost 200 birds per minute, with less federal inspectors present? That scary image is the reason FIC will be joining federal inspectors and other concerned groups in protest today against USDA's proposal to make that image a reality. The agency aims to reduce the role of government inspectors at poultry plants, allegedly to focus their efforts on areas "that pose the greatest risk to food safety," as parroted in this Washington Post blog.

Read more »  

GAP to Join Federal Food Workers to Protest Privatized Poultry Inspection

poultry_inspectorPhoto: USDAOn Monday, April 2, GAP will be joining federal USDA employees and fellow consumer watchdogs for a rally outside the Agriculture Department D.C. headquarters in protest of the agency's proposal to hand over poultry inspection responsibilities to industry.

The USDA calls it "modernizing" poultry slaughter inspection, but if we're going to be frank, the move would essentially privatize inspection, which is definitely not the way to go if food safety is the top priority.

Read more »  

‘Pink Slime’ Maker Goes On Offensive, But Whistleblower Messages Remain

ground_beefNews coverage of "pink slime" continues as the ammoniated beef maker, Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), tries to restore consumer confidence in its product's safety and to regain business it has lost due to the recent uproar. ABC News, leading the way in reporting on the issue, says BPI is organizing a consumer education program, countering what the company calls a "mis-information campaign" by media outlets, including ABC.

Read more »  

Tomato Industry Exec Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing & Admits Moldy Products

tomato_can_attImage via wikimedia user Nomadic LassNews has broken that dirty dealings enabled the food industry to sell consumers substandard and outdated tomato products, including some that had mold contents above federal guidelines, at higher prices.

Frederick Scott Salyer, former owner of what once was one of the largest U.S. producers of tomato products – California-based SK Foods – pled guilty last week to price fixing and bribing major food companies to buy his company's low-quality products.

Read more »  

Maker of 'Pink Slime' Suspends Plants, Attacks Media Coverage

slaughterhouse_cattle_bodies_attPhoto via wikimedia user Thomas BjørkanThe Associated Press reports today that Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) – maker of ammoniated beef trimmings, or "pink slime" – has announced that it is suspending all but one of its four operations since demand for its controversial product has been more than halved.

The announcement comes after major grocery retailers including Kroger and Safeway dropped the ammoniated beef from store shelves and school districts asserted they will phase out the pink slime after USDA's move to give schools a choice to opt out of serving the product to students.

Read more »  

Court Orders FDA to Act on Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture

cow_feedGreat news! A federal court ruled Thursday that FDA must finally stop lagging when it comes to regulating the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals and follow through on its 1977 proposal to ban the non-therapeutic use of two common antibiotics in animal feed, unless the makers of the drugs can prove their safety.

Yes, the FDA proposal was in limbo for three-and-a-half decades until the agency quietly abandoned it in December 2011, only to limit use of a less common antibiotic in January.

Read more »  
Page 26 of 54