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New Food Safety Bill Empowers Meat Industry Workers to Protect Food Supply

Food Integrity Campaign | September 12, 2013

(Washington, DC) – The Government Accountability Project (GAP) welcomes the comprehensive whistleblower protections included in the Safe Meat and Poultry Act of 2013, introduced today by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The bill provides gold standard whistleblower protections for corporate meat and poultry workers who report food violations enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). […]

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Grist: Replacing poultry inspectors with factory workers might not be greatest idea, says GAO

September 6, 2013

By John Upton Let’s hope this chicken was inspected by a government worker. Who would you rather have check factory chickens for signs of illness and smears of crap — a USDA inspector or a factory employee? The U.S. Department of Agriculture has long stationed its own inspectors along factory lines at poultry plants. But […]

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New York Times – Changes to Poultry Rules Are Flawed, Report Says

September 5, 2013

by Ron Nixon WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department’s plan to change its poultry inspection procedures relied on incomplete and antiquated data, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office released on Wednesday. The new rules will allow workers at plants, rather than agency inspectors, to examine birds on processing lines for blemishes or […]

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Wife of USDA Whistleblower Gathers 150,000+ Signatures to Stop Agency Retaliation

Food Integrity Campaign | August 6, 2013

(Washington, DC) – Tammy Schrier, wife of Government Accountability Project (GAP) client and veteran USDA inspector Jim Schrier, has collected more than 150,000 petition signatures through a Change.org petition asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop retaliating against her husband. Jim Schrier, a USDA meat inspector for 29 years, was recently stationed at […]

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Playing Chicken on Food Safety?

August 5, 2013

by Tim Eberly One-third of a second. That’s how long a federal inspector will have to examine slaughtered chickens for contaminants and disease under new rules proposed by the federal government. The proposal would speed up production lines as much as 25 percent. It also would pull most federal inspectors off the lines and replace […]

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Coalition Welcomes Defeat of All 11 Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Bills in 2013

Food Integrity Campaign | July 29, 2013

FIC and many of our diverse coalition partners contributed to a statement released today by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) regarding anti-whistleblower Ag Gag legislation. The statement reads in part: … a broad spectrum of public interest groups today welcomed the defeat of all 11 ag-gag/anti-whistleblower bills that were […]

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USDA Inspector Blows Whistle on Slaughterhouse Crime, Faces Retaliation

Food Integrity Campaign | July 1, 2013

(Washington, DC) – On Friday, the The Kansas City Star publicized an investigative report in the case of Government Accountability Project (GAP) client Jim Schrier, a veteran federal food safety inspector who faces retaliation after blowing the whistle on violations of humane handling regulations at a USDA-regulated Tyson Foods plant in Iowa. GAP represents Schrier […]

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Kansas City Star – Animal Abuse Persists at Some Slaughter Plants

June 28, 2013

by Mike McGraw The meat industry has been scandalized in recent years by undercover videos showing horrific abuse of farm animals on their way to slaughter: workers kicking piglets like volleyballs, skinning veal calves alive and ramming a forklift into a sick cow. The videos prompted commitments to improve enforcement of a 55-year-old federal law […]

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Mother Jones – Gagged by Big Ag

June 17, 2013

by Ted Genoways Shawn Lyons was dead to rights—and he knew it. More than a month had passed since People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had released a video of savage mistreatment at the MowMar Farms hog confinement facility where he worked as an entry-level herdsman in the breeding room. The three enormous sow […]

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Food Safety Modernization Act Whistleblower Case Filed in Federal Court

Food Integrity Campaign | June 12, 2013

(Washington, DC) – In a complaint filed in federal court, a former employee of Brothers International Food Corporation alleges the New York-based food and beverage company violated FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) whistleblower provision. Colin Chase, former Director of eCommerce at Brothers’ Rochester, New York headquarters, was terminated in July 2012 after raising safety […]

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