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USDA Poultry Plan Linked to Animal Welfare, Food Safety Threats

Sarah Damian | October 31, 2013

Where there’s risk of animal cruelty at slaughterhouses, food safety concerns are probably not that far behind, and vice versa! USDA whistleblowers have revealed in the last two years the threats to public health caused by the agency’s poultry processing inspection plan (which would increase line speeds to 175 birds per minute), but now poultry […]

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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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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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Big Ag’s Water Pollution Costs Billions to Manage: Study

Sarah Damian | March 13, 2012

Water contamination from factory farm waste and agricultural pesticides is a growing problem and usually lacks a media spotlight. This week, however, two separate studies illustrating how big of a problem we face received decent attention. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report paints a bleak picture of the billions of dollars spent around […]

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Utah Ag-Gag Following in Iowa’s Footsteps

Sarah Damian | March 8, 2012

The Utah Senate passed the state’s “Ag Gag” bill yesterday with a 24-5 vote in a move to prevent undercover videotaping of abuse at livestock and poultry facilities. Following in Iowa’s footsteps, lawmakers changed some language to penalize individuals who apply for a job at an agricultural operation under false pretenses. According to Sen. Dave […]

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What’s on the School Lunch Menu? Ammoniated Beef!

Sarah Damian | March 6, 2012

Earlier this year, FIC celebrated the fact that major fast food chains pulled BPI’s ammoniated beef trimmings from their menus, vindicating the actions of GAP client and whistleblower Kit Foshee. However, news has come that the USDA is still planning to purchase the controversial product for school lunches, according to The Daily. Last year, 6.5 […]

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While Iowa Ag Gag Becomes Law, FIC Fights in Utah

Sarah Damian | March 5, 2012

Despite efforts to prevent Iowa’s “Ag Gag” legislation, including a FIC op-ed that appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette last week, Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill into law on Friday. This is disconcerting news, however unsurprising (as the Associated Press points out) given Branstad’s “strong ties to the state’s agricultural industry.” Iowa is a […]

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Iowa Senate Passes Ag-Gag Bill, Lets Worker Intentions Overshadow Agribusiness Abuse

Sarah Damian | February 28, 2012

Update (2/29/12, 9:15 AM ET): Last night, the Iowa House agreed to the Senate language on this Ag Gag legislation. The bill has now been sent to the Governor for approval. Although legislators removed the language that specifically restricts the recording of undercover video, the bill is clearly aimed at whistleblowers who use such, as […]

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Pesticide Exposure in Food Affects Children’s Intelligence: Study

Sarah Damian | February 27, 2012

A recent study shows that chemical exposure – including that from food products – may cause child IQ reduction that rivals the impacts of major medical conditions. The finding reveals that the effect on society of widespread lead, organophosphate pesticides and methylmercury exposure “may be more severe than what previous studies of individual risk would […]

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Jimmy John’s Franchise Owners Face Trial After Firing Sick-Day Organizers

Sarah Damian | February 16, 2012

It doesn’t seem like the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain can escape negative publicity this week. Once again, its raw sprouts have been linked to a foodborne illness outbreak (despite switching from alfalfa to clover sprouts after a Salmonella outbreak a year ago), sickening 12 people in five states with E. coli this time. On top […]

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