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Press Releases: FoodPress Releases Found: 311
August 9, 2010
Press release: Food & Water Watch today asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to remove Brazil from the list of countries that are eligible to export meat products to the United States, and also demanded that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) refrain from declaring the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina to be “animal disease free,” which would eventually expand imports from Brazil of fresh meat products.
August 2, 2010
Press Release: National consumer organization Food & Water Watch today praised Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for introducing H.R. 6024 — the E. coli Traceability and Eradication Act, a bill that would close gaping loopholes in the current food safety system as it applies to the manufacturing of ground beef products.
July 1, 2010
Statement: “On the heels of the Ohio Farm Bureau resolving its dispute with the Humane Society of the United States, yesterday the Ohioans for Livestock Care political action committee, a coalition including the Ohio Farm Bureau, withdrew its complaint to the Ohio Elections Commission that Food & Water Watch had provided false information in a campaign commercial against Issue 2 last year.
June 22, 2010
Media Alert: The USDA and the Department of Justice will hold the third in a series of historic workshops on lack of competition in agriculture markets. The workshop will focus on the dairy industry. Join Family Farm Defenders, National Family Farm Coalition, and Food & Water Watch the evening before the workshop for a town hall meeting, with testimony from farmers, union members, consumers, and leaders in the national food democracy movement.
June 18, 2010
Statement: “Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture took long-overdue steps to level the playing field between livestock farmers and the consolidated market power of the meatpacking and poultry processing industry. The proposed reforms to the poultry sector are strong; the proposal on cattle and hog marketing arrangements is a modest first step—but nowhere near what is needed to counterbalance the massive market power of the meatpackers.”
June 17, 2010
Press Release: Yesterday national consumer group Food & Water Watch called for an investigation into the failure of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to protect U.S. consumers from imported beef products that could be adulterated with residues of the veterinary drug Ivermectin.
May 20, 2010
Press Release: On Thursday, the Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform, a national alliance working to provide a voice for farmers involved in contract agriculture, offered rare testimonials on the impact that lack of competition in the poultry industry has on family farms. The next day, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) held the first workshop ever to address the issue of competition in poultry markets.
May 17, 2010
Media Alert: The USDA and the Department of Justice will hold the second in a series of historic workshops on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. The workshop will focus on the poultry industry. Join the Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform the day before the workshop for a press conference with contract poultry growers and learn how large poultry companies control the industry and employ unfair practices against growers, making government attention so urgent.
May 5, 2010
While the debate on rBGH in the U.S. remains mired in whether milk produced with the hormone should be labeled or not, Kenyan groups have effectively lobbied the government to ban the potentially harmful substance, announced national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch.
March 23, 2010
GAO Report Critical of FDA Food Irradiation Policies; Calls for Increased Transparency on Controversial Technology
Statement: A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA’s) oversight of food irradiation highlights the agency’s lackluster performance. The report details poor communication by the FDA about decisions and policy on this controversial technology. Since the GAO has historically been an advocate for irradiation, it is telling that the report does not encourage the FDA to expand the use of this technology; but rather urges the agency to better communicate the status of pending petitions for further use of food irradiation.