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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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84,000 Signatures Strong, Groups Demand USDA Protect Farmers over Meat Monopolies

FIC Staff | October 10, 2019

84,000 Signatures Strong, Groups Demand USDA Protect Farmers over Meat Monopolies For Immediate Release Media Contact: Tyler Whitley, tyler@rafiusa.org, 919-621-0534 Adam Hymans, adam@resource-media.org, 215-796-7759 Candace Spencer, cspencer@sustainableagriculture.net, 202-547-5754 Sarah Borron, sarahb@whistleblower.org, 202-457-0034 ext. 157 Joe Maxwell, jmaxwell@competitivemarkets.com, 573-721-0927 Jennifer Fahy, jennifer@farmaid.org, 617-354-2922 Photos: http://bit.ly/UnduePreferencePetition [Washington, DC, October 10, 2019] – Today farm and rural advocacy […]

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Celebrate the Truth in Agriculture at FIC’s Ten Year Anniversary Conference!

FIC Staff | October 4, 2019

Celebrate the Truth in Agriculture at FIC’s Ten Year Anniversary Conference! Join us starting November 12 for the Food Integrity Campaign’s (FIC) 10th anniversary celebration – “FIC 10: Representing Truth in Agriculture,” featuring a full week of events in Washington, DC! Everyone eats and everyone is affected by the integrity of the food production system. […]

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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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FIC Researcher Releases Report on Climate Policy and the Power of the Livestock Industry

FIC Staff | August 28, 2019

FIC Researcher Releases Report on Climate Policy and the Power of the Livestock Industry Earlier this year, we told you about exciting FIC research tracking the relationship between climate change policy and the livestock industry. Our new white paper, “Mapping a Decade of the Climate Policy-Livestock Industry Nexus in the United States,” addresses this complicated […]

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Thank a Food Worker This Week!

Sarah Damian | November 24, 2014

In 2014, how many times have you gone grocery shopping or went out to eat at a restaurant? This week, consider the countless workers who grow, harvest, process, label, inspect, and ship food before it ends up on your dinner plate throughout the year. The Food Integrity Campaign is joining the Food Chain Workers Alliance […]

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Poultry Industry: Join Europe in Saying No to Chemicals

Sarah Damian | October 6, 2014

The U.S. poultry industry has been ignoring whistleblower concerns about dangerous chemical use at processing plants, but will it ignore international trading partners? An NPR story last week explained how Europe’s food standards, which instigated banning chlorine treatment on chicken in the 1990s, are impacting U.S. trade negotiations. USDA poultry inspector Sherry Medina has been […]

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Chemical Use Still Causing Trouble in Meat and Poultry Industry

Alyssa Doom | August 21, 2014

What are companies using to clean off your meat these days? Most employees working in processing plants don’t know either. But reports from USDA inspectors about health problems related to chemicals continue to pour in here at FIC, and fingers are pointing at antimicrobial cleaners. Companies use a wide variety of chemicals to remove bacterial […]

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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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70,000+ Consumers Say No to Chemicals in Tyson Poultry

Food Integrity Campaign | May 30, 2013

Whistleblower Meat Inspector Gains Support for Online Petition (Washington, DC) – Sherry Medina, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) poultry inspector, has collected more than 70,000 petition signatures via a Change.org petition asking Tyson Foods to stop its excessive use of hazardous chemicals in poultry processing. After 16 years of working as a federal meat […]

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Washington Post – At Chicken Plants, Chemicals Blamed for Health Ailments are Poised to Proliferate

April 25, 2013

by Kimberly Kindy When Jose Navarro landed a job as a federal poultry inspector in 2006, he moved his wife and newborn son to a rural town in Upstate New York near the processing plant, believing it was a steppingstone to a better life. Five years later, Navarro was dead. The 37-year-old’s lungs had bled […]

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USDA Whistleblowers: Chemical Use in Poultry Plants a Serious Health Hazard

Food Integrity Campaign | April 25, 2013

  Affidavits Released as Part of Ongoing Two-Year Investigation; Findings Raise Red Flags with USDA Poultry Plan (Washington, DC) – Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) is releasing evidence it has gathered from federal poultry inspector whistleblowers about chemical use in the industry and its health impacts. GAP is making publicly available affidavits from two […]

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