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American Veterinary Medical Association: FSIS Privatizing Some Pig Slaughter Duties

October 30, 2019

Note: this article, featuring the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. FSIS Privatizing Some Pig Slaughter Duties Plant workers to sort animals, trim carcasses before federal inspection. Starting in December, workers at swine slaughter plants will be taking over some food safety duties now performed by federal inspectors. Department of Agriculture officials finalized plans to […]

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Civil Eats: Meat Matters: 10 Years of Changes in Animal Agriculture

October 23, 2019

Note: this article features our client Craig Watts Civil Eats’ Animal Agriculture roundtable, “Meat Matters: 10 Years of Changes in Animal Agriculture,” features our client Craig Watts. To read the full article, visit Civil Eats’ website: https://civileats.com/2019/10/22/meat-matters-10-years-of-changes-in-animal-agriculture/.  

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Fern’s AG Insider: Farm activists seek ‘robust’ fair-play rules at USDA

October 11, 2019

This article, featuring details about FIC’s participation in the 10/10 petition drop, was originally published here. Farm activists seek ‘robust’ fair-play rules at USDA October 10, 2019 FacebookTwitterEmail The USDA should provide strong protections for livestock and poultry growers in their dealings with meatpackers and processors, said farm activists on Thursday in delivering petitions signed […]

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Civil Eats: The Food System Needs Whistleblowers, Too

September 30, 2019

This op-ed, originally published by Civil Eats, was written by the Director of FIC, Amanda Hitt. The Food System Needs Whistleblowers, Too After the USDA recently handed over responsibility for food safety in pork production to the industry itself, a government accountability advocate urges greater protection for whistleblowers. Whistleblowing is making headlines. But the Trump […]

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Killing 22 Hogs a Minute, Meatpackers Test Old Limits of Safety

February 1, 2019

This article originally appeared on the Bloomberg website. By: Andrew Martin Trump’s USDA is looking to speed up the slaughter line.  In an Illinois River town where Abe Lincoln once toiled as a country lawyer, the slaughterhouse of the future runs at a speed that generations of Midwestern farmers would have dismissed as fantasy. At other factories, […]

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SOMETHING IN THE AIR

July 19, 2018

This story originally appeared in The Intercept. By: Eyal Press LIKE MANY PEOPLE in Sanpete County, Utah, a rural area roughly 100 miles south of Salt Lake City, Jessica Robertson likes to spend her Sundays in church. Unlike many of them, the house of worship she frequents is not a chapel filled with copies of the […]

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Two amputations a week: the cost of working in a US meat plant

July 18, 2018

This article originally appeared in The Guardian. By: Andrew Wasley, Christopher D Cook and Natalie Jones Amputations, fractured fingers, second-degree burns and head trauma are just some of the serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers every week, according to data seen by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. US meat workers are […]

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Review: ‘Eating Animals’ Skewers Factory Farming

June 14, 2018

This article originally appeared in the New York Times. by Ben Kenigsberg For the last 36 hours, since seeing “Eating Animals,” I have had trouble consuming meat. O.K., I had some lox, but probably only because the movie doesn’t deal with ocean fish. Christopher Quinn’s documentary makes a persuasive, far-ranging case against factory farming, which […]

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FSIS wants to privatize some pig slaughter duties

June 14, 2018

This article originally appeared on AVMA.com.  by Greg Cima Proposal would shift federal inspectors toward oversight Proposed regulations would shift food inspection duties in swine slaughter facilities from federal employees to private ones. They also would remove set limits on slaughter line speeds. Companies could move as fast as equipment and contamination controls allowed. The […]

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‘Bacon Defender’ Video Game Ridicules Trump’s Pork Deregulation

March 23, 2018

This article was originally published on Myrecipes.com by Mike Pomranz Even if you can’t think of anything else nice to say about Donald Trump, you have to admit that the man is incredibly impervious to criticism. He’ll gladly rebuff detractors on Twitter, brush off questions that don’t fit his narrative, and name-call entire news institutions. […]

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