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When We Talk About Animals: Amanda Hitt on Why the Animal Agriculture Industry Needs Whistleblowers

March 11, 2020

Note: this podcast, featuring our Food Integrity Campaign Director Amanda Hitt, was originally published here. Amanda Hitt on Why the Animal Agriculture Industry Needs Whistleblowers In an age where almost everything we eat is produced outside of public view, whistleblowers are critical to maintaining the integrity of our food systems. These principled insiders are often the […]

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Totally Vegan Buzz: USDA Sued For Increasing Slaughterhouse Kill Speeds to 175 Chickens per Minute

March 6, 2020

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. USDA Sued For Increasing Slaughterhouse Kill Speeds to 175 Chickens per Minute A coalition of animal welfare groups has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for increasing the killing ‘speed limit’ in chickens slaughterhouses […]

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Gov Exec: Federal Pork Inspectors Are Sounding the Alarm Over USDA’s Plan to Give Industry More Control

March 6, 2020

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Federal Pork Inspectors Are Sounding the Alarm Over USDA’s Plan to Give Industry More Control After 20 years of studying the issue through four administrations, USDA is moving forward to give industry a bigger say in food safety operations. […]

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Vote Now to See FIC at Netroots!

FIC Staff | March 5, 2020

Dear supporter, We wanted to reach out to share an exciting opportunity for our FIC program. We have submitted a proposal to present at Netroots Nation this year, and we need your help! Vote today for the “Aligning Movements Toward a Just, Equitable, and Ethical Food System” panel moderated by FIC Director Amanda Hitt! Netroots […]

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Tell USDA: Farmers Deserve Better

FIC Staff | March 4, 2020

Dear FIC Supporter, America’s farmers are routinely exploited and retaliated against for voicing their concerns. We need your help to make sure that farmers have the ability to speak out against industrial agriculture without fear of retaliation! For years, farmers and their advocates have been telling the USDA that farmers deserve protections from unfair practices. […]

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One Green Planet: Amid Widespread Disease Transmission Concerns Linked to Meat Consumption, USDA Approves Slaughterhouses to Kill Birds 25% Faster

February 27, 2020

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Amid Widespread Disease Transmission Concerns Linked to Meat Consumption, USDA Approves Slaughterhouses to Kill Birds 25% Faster In light of the Coronavirus, we are seeing first hand how wildlife trade and meat consumption are related to infectious diseases and the deadly risk it poses to public health. It […]

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Business Insurance: Lawsuit Filed Over Increase in Poultry Slaughter Line Speeds

February 27, 2020

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Lawsuit Filed Over Increase in Poultry Slaughter Line Speeds Several animal welfare groups and the Government Accountability Project have filed a lawsuit over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2018 increase of poultry slaughter line speed limits. In September 2018, the […]

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The Humane Society: HSUS, Other Groups Sue Trump Administration for Speeding up Chicken Slaughter

February 25, 2020

This article, featuring the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. HSUS, Other Groups Sue Trump Administration for Speeding up Chicken Slaughter A coalition including the Humane Society of the United States today sued the Trump administration for allowing chicken slaughterhouses to dial up the breakneck speeds at which they kill birds. The increase, announced in 2018, allows […]

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FIC10 Conference Takeaways

FIC Staff | February 5, 2020

Over 150 guests attended the Food Integrity Campaign’s 10th-anniversary conference at the American University Washington College of Law. If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a list of some of our takeaway messages, followed by some photos from the event.    1) The Industrial Food System is Broken Veterinarian turned animal welfare whistleblower and FIC […]

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Food Integrity Campaign now on Instagram

Food Integrity Campaign | January 27, 2020

Our interns told us that FIC should get on Instagram, so we did! Check us out (sample posts are embedded below), and give us a follow… instagram.com/foodintegritycampaign Hope to see you soon on the Gram. -✌️

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Press Advisory: USDA Meat Inspectors Blow the Whistle on Dangerous New Hog Inspection System

FIC Staff | December 16, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2019 USDA Meat Inspectors Blow the Whistle on Dangerous New Hog Inspection System NBC’s Morning Joe features two Food Integrity Campaign clients who reveal food safety threats from USDA’s “modernization” of hog inspection WASHINGTON — Today, two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspectors represented by Government Accountability Project, […]

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Press Release: Food Integrity Campaign Hosts Conference to Celebrate 10th Anniversary 

FIC Staff | November 14, 2019

For Immediate Release:  November 14, 2019 Food Integrity Campaign Hosts Conference to Celebrate 10th Anniversary  Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign hosts speakers, panels, and a new award to mark the anniversary WASHINGTON – Food Integrity Campaign is hosting an all day conference to mark the 10th anniversary of their work on Friday, November 15 […]

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PRESS ADVISORY: Agriculture Whistleblowers to Attend “Eating Animals” Screening 

FIC Staff | November 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2019 Agriculture Whistleblowers to Attend “Eating Animals” Screening  Government Accountability Project Clients on Panel for Award-Winning Movie WASHINGTON – Today, Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign will host a screening of the Environmental Media Award winning documentary Eating Animals. The factory farming documentary was based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s award-winning […]

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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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MEDIA ALERT: Nationwide Group of Family Farmers to Expose Abuse in Meat Industry, Demand Action From USDA

FIC Staff | July 15, 2019

Family farmers and ranchers from across the Midwest and Southeast will gather at the National Press Club to expose widespread abuse at the hands of the nation’s largest meat companies. They will demand that the USDA pass a rule this summer that protects farm families from corporate retaliation for speaking out and restores fairness to the American […]

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Food Integrity Campaign Joins Call for Food Transparency in Green New Deal

FIC Staff | April 12, 2019

PRESS ADVISORY April 12, 2019 Food Integrity Campaign Joins Call for Food Transparency in Green New Deal Over 300 Organizations Issue Sign-On Letter WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign joined 300 other organizations in calling for food systems solutions to be at the center of the Green New Deal. The coalition […]

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Government Accountability Project Files Whistleblower Complaint in Federal Court Against Kraft-Heinz Foods

FIC Staff | February 25, 2019

For Immediate Release: February 25, 2019   Government Accountability Project Files Whistleblower Complaint in Federal Court Against Kraft-Heinz Foods Whistleblower Alleges Retaliation Following Chemical Mix-up in Food   SOUTH CAROLINA –  Friday, February 22, Government Accountability Project filed suit against Kraft-Heinz Foods on behalf of whistleblower, Dr. David Glover, in the U.S. District Court of […]

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Whistleblower Sues Second Largest U.S. Poultry Company

Food Integrity Campaign | October 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON –On October 25, Government Accountability Project filed an historic complaint against Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (“Pilgrim’s) on behalf of whistleblower Eric Hedrick and his business, Triple R Ranch, LLC. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Lawsuits against the poultry industry are […]

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Press Advisory: Dept. of Agriculture Ramps Up Dangerous Food Processing Practices

Food Integrity Campaign | October 4, 2018

For Immediate Release: Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign Condemns High-Speed Poultry Plants WASHINGTON – The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that it will be increasing line speeds in poultry plants without opportunity for public comment. For years, the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign has been investigating pilot high-speed poultry plants, taking affidavits from […]

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Fourth Circuit Reinstates N.C. ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law Constitutional Challenge

Food Integrity Campaign | June 6, 2018

Makes clear states cannot chill speech and prevent advocacy groups from challenging in court Richmond, Va. – The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today ruled that a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina’s anti-sunshine law can go forward, reversing the decision of the federal district court. The law […]

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