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Food Integrity Campaign Blog

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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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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FIC Director Amanda Hitt Speaks at Whistleblower Summit

Alyssa Doom | July 31, 2014

Have you taken some time to commend a truth-teller lately? To celebrate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, our colleagues at the Government Accountability Project, whistleblowers, and other advocates gathered in Washington DC yesterday to honor whistleblowers’ brave contributions to society at the 2014 Whistleblower Summit. As their protections have improved over the past few years, whistleblowers […]

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Celebrating Food Truth-Tellers on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day!

Sarah Damian | 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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Chemical Companies Play Victim to Escape Pesticide Oversight

Sarah Damian | July 23, 2014

If you’re concerned about genetically engineered (GE) food and their impact, then you should be concerned about what’s happening in Kauai. Get this: the giant chemical companies in Kauai – the ones that spray pesticides year-round on their GE crops – are now actually playing the victim card. Really, biotechs? Everybody knows it’s the local […]

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Whistleblower: Pilot Poultry Plant “Craziest Thing I’ve Ever Walked Into”

Sarah Damian | July 11, 2014

This week, the USDA submitted a new draft version of its controversial poultry inspection plan to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). It’s the OMB’s role to review regulatory policy and set the president’s budget (which, in turn, dictates rulemaking priorities). While there might be changes to the proposal in response to public comments, […]

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Whistleblower Concerns about Chemical-Drenched Chicken Featured Today on Dr. Oz

Sarah Damian | July 8, 2014

Finding out that the chicken on your plate has been through an intense chemical bath is not very appetizing, but industry insiders and whistleblowers feel you should know the truth about poultry, the largest segment of U.S. agriculture. USDA poultry inspectors have been raising concerns about the dangerous changes in the industry for years, including […]

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FIC Investigation into Big Biotech’s Kauai Influence Underway

Amanda Hitt | July 1, 2014

When most people think of Hawaii, they picture a beautiful and pristine tropical paradise. That’s what the FIC team thought too, until concerned citizen activists sought our help in exposing the improper influence of biotech companies on state legislators and officials. As it turns out, major biotech companies like BASF and Syngenta have taken an […]

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Considering Blowing the Whistle? 10 Quick Tips to Know

Amanda Hitt | July 1, 2014

Have you ever seen something wrong in the workplace and felt like you should speak up? Everyday people witness waste, fraud, and abuses of power in the workplace but are unsure what to do about it. The stakes are high. Making the ethical decision can be hard when blowing the whistle can be a career-ending […]

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Report Confirms What USDA Whistleblowers are Telling Us

Sarah Damian | June 24, 2014

Empowering whistleblowers who are on the front lines of the food supply is the best way to keep the system transparent and wrongdoers accountable. But until a culture is created in which blowing the whistle is expected and rewarded, the dire situation of secrecy and repeat violations without accountability that currently exists will only continue. […]

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