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Congress Passes Whistleblower Protections for Federal Food Safety Employees

Food Integrity Campaign | November 13, 2012

WPEA Protections Affect Millions of Federal Workers (Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Government Accountability Project’s (GAP) Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) is praising Congress for passing the strongest federal whistleblower protections in history. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) passed the House of Representative in late September and the Senate today, and is being sent to […]

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Kit Foshee Comment on BPI Lawsuit

Food Integrity Campaign | September 14, 2012

Former GAP Client Featured in Several ABC News Reports (Washington, DC) – Yesterday, former Government Accountability Project (GAP) client Kit Foshee was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by Beef Products, Inc (BPI). BPI produces the controversial ammoniated beef product commonly known as ‘pink slime.’ Foshee, a former Corporate Quality Assurance Manager […]

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Associated Press – Beef Products Sues ABC News for Defamation in Coverage of Meat Product Called ‘Pink Slime’

September 13, 2012

by Grant Schulte NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. — Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub “pink slime,” claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 […]

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GAP Comment on BPI Lawsuit

Food Integrity Campaign | September 13, 2012

UPDATE: Kit Foshee releases statement. Former Client Featured in Several ABC News Reports (Washington, DC) – Earlier today, former Government Accountability Project (GAP) client Kit Foshee was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by Beef Products, Inc (BPI). Also named as defendants were ABC News, journalists Diane Sawyer and Jim Avila, and […]

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Earth Island Journal – New Whistleblower Protection Law “An Environmentally Significant Reform,” Say Activists

July 24, 2012

by Audrey Haynes Last month President Obama signed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act into law. The law revamps protections for federal employees who come forward and report misconduct, abuse of authority, or violation of law in their workplaces. These enhancements could be crucial in advancing environmental issues, but only if implemented properly. “Protecting federal employees […]

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WSOC-TV – USDA Considering Changing the Way Chicken is Inspected

July 16, 2012

by Scott Wickersham The USDA is considering changing the way the chicken you eat is inspected, but one group calls that a huge mistake. In a 9 investigation, Eyewitness News looked into USDA inspection reports from local poultry processing plants. Eyewitness News found reports of numerous issues. And now, some people worry that with the […]

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EPA Lets CAFOs Off the Hook, Drops Farm Waste Reporting Rule

Sarah Damian | July 16, 2012

What seemed like a basic information request seems to have been too much for factory farms that prefer to keep things under wraps. The EPA originally planned to issue a final rule this month that would require the owners of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) to report certain data, such as the amount of waste […]

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Los Angeles Times – USDA Plans to Let Chicken Plants Run Faster with Fewer Inspectors

June 6, 2012

by Kim Geiger WASHINGTON — As part of President Obama’s push to streamline regulations on businesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to let chicken slaughterhouses run production lines faster and with fewer federal inspectors, angering food safety advocates and poultry plant workers. Under the proposal, production lines would be allowed to move 25% faster, […]

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Food Safety News – Consumer Groups Criticize Poultry Inspection Proposal

June 1, 2012

by Helena Bottemiller Three more leading consumer groups weighed in this week on the debate over a controversial plan to revamp poultry inspection by shifting greater responsibility to companies. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Federation of America, and Consumers Union each sharply criticized the proposal in their comments filed before the […]

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The Daily Times – Our View: In Poultry Processing Plants, Who Should Oversee Whom?

May 30, 2012

Federal agricultural officials believe they can give poultry industry officials more oversight responsibilities, free up government inspectors to focus on detecting food-borne pathogens and thereby increase consumer food safety, prevent 5,200 illnesses annually, save taxpayer money and lower production costs for the industry by allowing it to increase assembly line speeds. Consumer groups disagree. They […]

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