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Press Releases Found: 12
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.

March 12, 2014

Ads Target President Obama and Secretary Vilsack on Filthy Chicken Rule

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.

September 4, 2013
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Councilmembers Koretz and Bonin Call For Fracking Moratorium in Los Angeles

Press Release: Today in City Hall, Councilmember Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin introduced a motion to place a moratorium on fracking within the City of Los Angeles and along the City’s water supply route. They were joined outside beforehand by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, the environmental health group Physicians for Social Responsibly-Los Angeles, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, and the Sierra Club to announce the motion at a press conference.

November 2, 2012

Farmers Pay the Price for Consolidation in Organic Food Industry

Organic food has become big business and the largest food manufacturers have rapidly taken over the organic food sector, sweeping formerly independent businesses into large food conglomerates. An analysis released today by the national consumer group Food & Water Watch found that the farmers who grow organic crops and raise organic livestock now face the same forces of corporate consolidation that dominate the conventional food industry, with a declining number of buyers putting downward pressure on the prices farmers receive.

November 10, 2011
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Food & Water Watch Issues Analysis on Just-Released Proposed Rules to Allow Fracking in Delaware River Basin

Press Release: On Monday, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released its proposed rules for natural gas development in the Delaware River basin – a massive watershed running from New York to Delaware that provides high-quality drinking water to over 15 million people. The DRBC rules, which would lift a 3-year moratorium and for the first time allow drilling and fracking for shale gas in the Delaware River Basin, will receive a final vote on Nov. 21. The DRBC estimates that 15,000-18,000 wells could be drilled and fracked in the Delaware River basin.

June 8, 2011
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Suspension of Arsenic in Chicken Feed Good First Step, but Ban Needed

Media Statement: “Today the FDA announced that Alpharma, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., would voluntarily suspend U.S. sales of the animal drug 3-Nitro (Roxarsone). This is welcome news and a good first step, but industry should not be policing themselves when it comes to our food system; FDA needs to take the next step and enact a ban on arsenic-containing drugs in animal feed.

April 5, 2011

No Matter What Happens on Friday, Government Likely to Shut Down Food & Water Protections

Press Release: Whether or not Congress shuts down this week lawmakers will likely cut food and water protections, which could increase foodborne illness, cut badly-needed federal money allocated to maintaining our aging water infrastructure, and hurt the economy, according to a national consumer organization.

March 31, 2011

Consumer Group Calls for Congressional Oversight to Address Nuclear Radiation in U.S. Food Supply

Press Release: Radiation from the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan has reached the shores of the U.S., Europe and other nations far beyond Asia’s borders. In response, a consumer watchdog is asking for Congressional oversight.

March 23, 2011

FDA Should Issue Import Alert for All Japanese Food Imports; Food and Water Protections Must Remain Priority in Washington

Statement from Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

Washington, D.C. –“We’ve been receiving many calls from concerned citizens, activists and media about the nuclear crisis in Japan and how it is affecting food and water supplies, particularly imports into the United States. This accident in Japan and concerns about its food supply and possible imports from there highlights inadequacies in FDA’s everyday program for imports. Cutting the budget for food safety protections isn’t going to help.

Alert: Washington Set to Make Our Food and Water Less Safe

Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer watchdog, today issued a nationwide public safety alert warning the nation that leaders in Washington are proposing to cut food and water safety protections which would put more Americans in jeopardy of becoming sick or even dying from foodborne illness, and would severely restrict the ability of municipalities to maintain their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

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