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Safe Food Coalition says safe handling labels need a rewrite

Seven well-known consumer groups acting together as the Safe Food Coalition are petitioning USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service for a revised safe handling instruction label for meat, poultry and catfish. The petition calls upon FSIS to continue to require that labels include information about the potential risk of pathogenic contamination in USDA-regulated meat and poultry… Continue Reading

Activists challenge NC’s new ‘ag-gag’ law in federal court

A third state was hauled into federal court Wednesday where it will have to defend its recently enacted law to protect the privacy of animal agriculture under the force of criminal law. North Carolina joined Idaho and Utah in being forced to defend an “ag-gag” law, legislation designed to make it more difficult for animal activists… Continue Reading

Retired USDA Inspectors Share Concerns About HIMP Project

USDA investigating video taken at Hormel supplier

Joe Ferguson says he just couldn’t take it any longer. The former inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) spent more than 23 years monitoring operations inside pork processing plants inspecting hog carcasses for signs of anything that could translate to a food safety problem, in particular hints… Continue Reading

USDA Inspectors Condemn Hog Plant HIMP Model

Last Friday, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) released affidavits from four federal inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s high-speed inspection pilot program who have come forward with their concerns about the system. “Under the HIMP model, company inspectors take over the duties of USDA inspectors at the lymph node incision and head inspection stations,”… Continue Reading

Government Accountability Project Adds New Whistleblower Resources

The Government Accountability Project runs a campaign aimed at protecting and empowering employees to speak out against waste, fraud, abuse and violations of the law along the food supply chain. Some of the work of the group’s Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) includes fighting state anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” laws, shaming the poultry industry’s heavy use of chemicals,… Continue Reading

FDA Sued for Withholding Data on Food Animal Antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to “withhold agency data regarding the sale of antibiotics for use in food animals” is unlawful, according to a lawsuit filed by the Government Accountability Project (GAP) Wednesday. Drug companies are required to report basic information about antibiotic sales to the FDA under the Animal Drug User… Continue Reading

Experts to Analyze New Whistleblower Protections

The Government Accountability Project, the nation’s leading whistleblower organization, is hosting a meeting of legal experts, whistleblowers, and food safety experts in Washington, D.C. Friday to discuss the “far-reaching implications” of the legal protections for food industry workers included in the new food safety law. According to GAP, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act establishes… Continue Reading

GAP Highlights Role of Whistleblowers

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) held a conference yesterday focused on the important role whistleblowers play in protecting the food supply, exploring ways to empower more food workers to speak out against inhumane and unsafe practices in the food system. “Where are the whistleblowers when we need them?” asked Tom Devine, to his audience of… Continue Reading