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Safe Food Coalition Urges Agriculture Department to Halt Meat and Poultry Imports from Brazil

Food Integrity Campaign | March 29, 2017

Weak Response to Food Fraud Scandal May Put Consumers at Risk and is at Odds with Actions of Major U.S. Trading Partners Washington D.C. — Members of the Safe Food Coalition today are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reconsider its decision to continue allowing Brazilian meat and poultry products to enter the country. […]

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FIC Condemns Arkansas “Ag-Gag” Legislation

Food Integrity Campaign | March 24, 2017

New Law Threatens Whistleblowers Vital to Protecting Worker, Animal Rights WASHINGTON – Yesterday afternoon, the Arkansas state government passed into law HB 1665, a bill designed to discourage whistleblowers from making public disclosures about food, worker, and animal safety at industrial agriculture facilities, under the guise of protecting property. This law severely restricts the rights […]

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Statement on Undercover Video Exposing Animal Abuse at a Hormel Pork Plant in Oklahoma

Food Integrity Campaign | February 1, 2017

Video Exposes Habitual Animal Abuse by One of Nation’s Leading Pork Processors, Reinforces Enduring Value of Whistleblowers WASHINGTON – Today, Hormel Foods Corp. announced it is launching an investigation into rampant animal abuse at one of its pork plants in Oklahoma after an undercover video, made public by the animal rights group Mercy for Animals, […]

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FIC Statement on USDA’s Release of Highly Anticipated GIPSA Rules

Food Integrity Campaign | December 14, 2016

GAP’S Food Integrity Campaign Praises USDA for Common-Sense First Steps to Protect Contract Farmers WASHINGTON – Today, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released three highly anticipated Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules, two interim and one final, which are currently open for public comment. The proposed regulations seek to protect contract farmers […]

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GAP Submits Amicus Brief to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Support Rejection of Idaho’s “Ag Gag” Law

Food Integrity Campaign | June 27, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Project’s (GAP) Food Integrity Campaign filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday. The appeal seeks to uphold the U.S. District Court of Idaho’s August 2015 decision, which struck down Idaho’s controversial Ag Gag law. GAP submits that by criminalizing the taking of undercover […]

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GAP Whistleblower Delivers 60,000+ Petition Signatures to Capitol Hill in Support of Contract Poultry Farmers

Food Integrity Campaign | June 16, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Government Accountability Project (GAP) client and contract chicken farmer Eric Hedrick delivered more than 60,000 petition signatures to Capitol Hill yesterday as part of an effort to shed light on the poultry industry’s abusive practices. The largest single-owner producer in West Virginia, Eric has been a contract grower for Pilgrim’s Pride (the […]

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Coalition Sues North Carolina over Constitutionality of ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

Food Integrity Campaign | January 13, 2016

Raleigh, N.C. – A coalition of animal protection, consumer rights, food safety, and whistleblower protection organizations filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina law designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct. The state legislature overrode a veto of the bill by Governor Pat McCrory […]

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Media Advisory: GAP Whistleblowers Available to Speak on Food Safety Concerns at Largest Hormel Pork Plant

Food Integrity Campaign | November 11, 2015

(Austin, MN) – In light of newly released undercover video footage taken at a Hormel plant, two former USDA inspectors have come forward to speak about the food safety issues they have witnessed at Hormel’s largest high-speed processing plant. The whistleblowers each originally submitted affidavits (one anonymously) about their concerns to the Government Accountability Project […]

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70,000 Petitioners Demand Protections for Truth-telling Contract Poultry Farmers

Food Integrity Campaign | August 3, 2015

(WASHINGTON) – Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell has collected more than 70,000 petition signatures urging Congress to ensure protections for poultry farmers who face reprisal for speaking out. The Food Integrity Campaign (FIC, a program of the Government Accountability Project) is backing Howell’s petition, which stems from industry-wide reports of retaliation against contract farmers who […]

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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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