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Press Releases: Food SafetyPress Releases Found: 53
August 14, 2014
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
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.
July 22, 2014
In Last Ditch Effort to Stop Filthy Chicken Rule, Consumer Group Representatives Meet with the Office of Management and Budget
Press Release: Today, representatives from several consumer organizations met with staff from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to continue to voice their opposition to the USDA plan to transfer most poultry inspection from government inspectors to the companies so they can police themselves.
July 14, 2014
Today, Food & Water Watch sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack containing concrete examples of meat and poultry plants not receiving food safety inspections due to severe shortages of inspection personnel across the United States.
July 10, 2014
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget a final rule that would dramatically reduce the number of trained USDA inspectors in poultry slaughter plants and replace them with company employees.
June 6, 2014
Food & Water Watch Petitions USDA to Stop Allowing Imports of Beef Produced Under Privatized Inspection
In an effort to ensure the safety of the meat Americans eat, the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch today petitioned the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to immediately revoke the recognition of privatized inspection schemes used in several countries that are allowed to export red meat products to the United States.
May 21, 2014
Yesterday, both Petco and Petsmart announced plans to stop carrying pet treats manufactured in China. While these major pet food retailers should be commended for their actions, we are disappointed that they will not remove the products from their shelves immediately.
May 16, 2014
“Today, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released its latest update on the number of pet illnesses associated with imported pet treats from China, and the numbers have grown to 4,800 cases, including three human illnesses and 1,000 canine deaths
March 14, 2014
Press release: Brussels—“Food & Water Europe dismissed today’s United Kingdom report calling for more GM trials in the UK as “a chronically flawed effort from blinkered vested interests. The UK’s pro-GM government asked a group of GM scientists and lobbyists what we should do about GM food and crops. Since many of the scientists involved make money from GM, it’s no surprise they want more of it. But this situation begs the question: shouldn’t those advising the Government on GM be a bit more independent, or at least a little more distant from the profits?
“The report aims for a shift to U.S.-style regulation based on “substantial equivalence,” rather than the EU’s clear case-by-case precautionary evaluation of each GMO in turn. This attempt to portray GMOs as “just the same” also undermines the very labels that help EU consumers find, and roundly reject, GM products on supermarket shelves.
“The biggest problem with the report is that it misses the point—if industrial food production was going to end hunger, it would have done so by now. We need a much smarter approach to feeding ourselves, with more respect for what farmers do, a sentiment that was reflected in a report called Wake Up Before It’s Too Late, which the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development issued last year.
March 12, 2014
Press release: National advocacy organization Food & Water Watch will reiterate calls to President Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to stop the deregulation of meat inspections in a series of advocacy ad buys in Washington, D.C. this week.