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Press Releases Found: 61
February 26, 2015
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USDA Records Reveal Staffing Shortages Undermining Food Safety

Press Release: These records document the number of inspection tasks that were not performed and the most common reasons why over a two-year period, revealing that for meat and poultry, inadequate staffing and turn around times were often to blame.

February 13, 2015

Food & Water Watch Seeks Overturn of Court Decision Allowing Implementation of New Poultry Inspection System

Press Release: Food & Water Watch filed notice that it would ask a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court’s decision earlier in the week that ruled it lacked jurisdiction to stop the implementation of the USDA’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules.

January 20, 2015
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Imported Pork Recall Highlights Failures of Food Import Inspections

Food & Water Watch today urged the Obama administration to reject any trade programs such as the Trans Atlantic Trade Partnership (TPP) or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that would expedite food imports from other nations.

November 24, 2014

FSIS Officials Supported Immigration Reform for Chinese Poultry in 2006

Documents inadvertently released by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last week reveal that there is conclusive evidence that USDA was very close to approving the importation of Chinese poultry raised and slaughtered in that country in 2006.

November 20, 2014
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Newly Released Documents Reveal Collusion Between FDA and Pfizer on Arsenic-Based Animal Feed

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) colluded with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to downplay the results of a study that links inorganic arsenic, a human carcinogen, to the U.S. food supply.

November 6, 2014
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Chicken Imports from China a Raw Deal for U.S. Consumers

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter Washington, D.C.— “In a post election surprise, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced yesterday that the People’s Republic of China had completed the necessary paperwork to certify four of its poultry processing plants to be able to export processed poultry products to the […]

October 6, 2014
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Food & Water Watch Urges USDA to Protect U.S. Consumers from Australian Meat, Re-Evaluate Equivalency of Meat Inspection System

Food & Water Watch today asked USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to re-evaluate the equivalency determination for AMEIS. This is the fifth time two years that Food & Water Watch has made this request.

September 11, 2014

Food & Water Watch Sues USDA to Stop the New Poultry Inspection System

Today Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules—which would turn over key food safety inspection functions to poultry companies with limited oversight by USDA inspectors.

August 14, 2014
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Food & Water Watch Again Raises Questions with USDA Regarding Australian Meat Imports

Food & Water Watch today pressured USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to explain whether meat products produced under Australia’s newest inspection model will be allowed into the United States.

July 31, 2014

Food & Water Watch Denounces USDA Plans to Privatize Poultry Inspection

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the final rule that will transfer most poultry inspection from government inspectors to the companies so they can police themselves. With the poultry industry standing to gain financially due to increased production and fewer regulatory requirements, the plan is a gift from the Obama administration to the industry, one that will undermine consumer and worker safety, as well as animal welfare.

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