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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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Food Integrity Campaign Launches Game to Raise Awareness about USDA’s Proposed Hog Slaughter Rule

Food Integrity Campaign | March 22, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, the Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) released an online game, “Bacon Defender.” The game is FIC’s newest advocacy tool to fight the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), a rule that deregulates pork inspection and in the process threatens worker safety, public health, and animal welfare. Bacon […]

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Safe Food Coalition Urges Agriculture Department to Halt Meat and Poultry Imports from Brazil

Food Integrity Campaign | March 29, 2017

Weak Response to Food Fraud Scandal May Put Consumers at Risk and is at Odds with Actions of Major U.S. Trading Partners Washington D.C. — Members of the Safe Food Coalition today are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reconsider its decision to continue allowing Brazilian meat and poultry products to enter the country. […]

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FIC Condemns Arkansas “Ag-Gag” Legislation

Food Integrity Campaign | March 24, 2017

New Law Threatens Whistleblowers Vital to Protecting Worker, Animal Rights WASHINGTON – Yesterday afternoon, the Arkansas state government passed into law HB 1665, a bill designed to discourage whistleblowers from making public disclosures about food, worker, and animal safety at industrial agriculture facilities, under the guise of protecting property. This law severely restricts the rights […]

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Statement on Undercover Video Exposing Animal Abuse at a Hormel Pork Plant in Oklahoma

Food Integrity Campaign | February 1, 2017

Video Exposes Habitual Animal Abuse by One of Nation’s Leading Pork Processors, Reinforces Enduring Value of Whistleblowers WASHINGTON – Today, Hormel Foods Corp. announced it is launching an investigation into rampant animal abuse at one of its pork plants in Oklahoma after an undercover video, made public by the animal rights group Mercy for Animals, […]

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FIC Statement on USDA’s Release of Highly Anticipated GIPSA Rules

Food Integrity Campaign | December 14, 2016

GAP’S Food Integrity Campaign Praises USDA for Common-Sense First Steps to Protect Contract Farmers WASHINGTON – Today, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released three highly anticipated Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules, two interim and one final, which are currently open for public comment. The proposed regulations seek to protect contract farmers […]

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GAP Submits Amicus Brief to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Support Rejection of Idaho’s “Ag Gag” Law

Food Integrity Campaign | June 27, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Project’s (GAP) Food Integrity Campaign filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday. The appeal seeks to uphold the U.S. District Court of Idaho’s August 2015 decision, which struck down Idaho’s controversial Ag Gag law. GAP submits that by criminalizing the taking of undercover […]

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GAP Whistleblower Delivers 60,000+ Petition Signatures to Capitol Hill in Support of Contract Poultry Farmers

Food Integrity Campaign | June 16, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Government Accountability Project (GAP) client and contract chicken farmer Eric Hedrick delivered more than 60,000 petition signatures to Capitol Hill yesterday as part of an effort to shed light on the poultry industry’s abusive practices. The largest single-owner producer in West Virginia, Eric has been a contract grower for Pilgrim’s Pride (the […]

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