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Food Integrity Campaign Blog

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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Whistleblowers Key in Publicizing Animal Agriculture’s Environmental Violations

Sarah Damian | June 6, 2014

Animal agriculture is one of the top contributors to our most serious environmental problems, producing 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. FIC works with whistleblowers who reveal horrific stories of contamination due to routine factory farm practices. Just last week, the Environmental Protection Agency fined a meat processing plant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania $40,000 […]

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Tri States Public Radio: Ag Gag to Hide Food-Related Problems

May 22, 2014

By BILL KNIGHT As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst. But if something like that happened to be uncovered by Iowa whistleblowers, the whistleblowers could be prosecuted. In some states, E coli, salmonella and a whole host […]

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We’re Listening to USDA Poultry Whistleblowers. Petition Secretary Vilsack to do the Same!

Sarah Damian | April 25, 2014

Thus far, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has failed to acknowledge the concerns of USDA poultry inspectors regarding his agency’s proposal to increase line speeds and privatize inspection at processing plants. The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), despite being the public health arm of the agency, seems to be promoting industry profit, as corporations stand […]

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Canton Daily Ledger: ‘Ag Gag’ Protects Bad Producers Not Good Consumers

April 21, 2014

BY BILL KNIGHT As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst. But if something like that happened to be uncovered by Iowa whistleblowers, the whistleblowers could be prosecuted. In some states, E coli, salmonella and a whole host […]

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Tennessee Legislature Wins ‘Muzzle Award’ for Pushing Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Bill

Sarah Damian | April 17, 2014

Last year, Tennessee was the only state whose legislature passed an Ag Gag bill aimed at silencing whistleblowers who expose abuse on industrial farms. Ten other states introduced similar measures, but each bill ultimately died in state legislatures. FIC was part of a strong campaign against these terrible pieces of legislation, and after a groundswell […]

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Oh No You Didn’t! CDC Calls Out USDA for Misinterpreting Poultry Plant Study

Sarah Damian | April 10, 2014

Is USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack so desperate to push his poultry inspection plan forward that he’ll try to find evidence supporting it where there is none? Many poultry industry whistleblowers have told FIC that the USDA’s plan, including the increase of already-too-fast line speeds at poultry processing plants, is a threat to public and worker […]

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Is Idaho’s Ag Gag Law Constitutional? Lawsuit Takes Anti-Whistleblower Measure to Federal Court

Sarah Damian | March 20, 2014

Last month, Idaho became the first state to pass an anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bill since 2012, a disappointing blow. But transparency in the state (already known for its history of anti-transparency legislation) isn’t going down without a fight! A group of organizations and journalists filed a lawsuit this week to overturn the law, which criminalizes […]

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Food Poisoning Bulletin: USDA Whistleblower Speaks Out Against Idaho’s Ag Gag Law

March 4, 2014

Dr. Daryl Jacobs, a USDA whistleblower from Idaho, has spoken out against that state’s ag gag law, which was signed by the governor last week. He has made a statement to Food Integrity Campaign about why undercover videos are needed to protect animals and to keep the food supply safe. He said, “as a former […]

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Idaho USDA Whistleblower on Ag Gag: “We Can Do Better than this Dangerous Law”

Sarah Damian | February 28, 2014

More voices have come out against Idaho’s Ag Gag bill as attention on the state increases. First, Chobani has issued a statement against the anti-whistleblower legislation. Now, a USDA whistleblower from Idaho, Dr. Daryl Jacobs – who has witnessed many abuses on dairy farms in the state – has come forward to FIC with his […]

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