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Press Releases: MeatPress Releases Found: 17
January 2, 2013
Despite Food Safety Problems, Australia’s Privatized Meat Inspection Deemed “Equivalent” to U.S. by USDA
Press Release: Today the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to review its decision to allow the newly privatized meat inspection system of Australia to be considered equivalent to U.S. inspection. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the group pointed to repeated discoveries of meat imported from Australia that was contaminated with fecal material and digestive tract contents.
November 2, 2012
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.
October 10, 2012
Media Statement: The largest meat recall in Canadian history has been expanded for the sixteenth time since Sept. 16, 2012, and now USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is hunting down some 2.5 million pounds of meat potentially contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7 that has entered the U.S. from the same Canadian beef slaughtering facility. That is nearly triple the amount originally estimated by USDA.
September 26, 2012
Press Release: There is more to our meat than meets the eye: overuse of antibiotics in factory farm animals is leading to the spread of antibiotic-resistant (AR) bacteria, a trend that deteriorates the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs needed to save human lives. A new report released by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, Antibiotic Resistance 101: How Antibiotic Misuse on Factory Farms Can Make You Sick, provides an overview of the growing threat to public health and examines the pervasiveness of AR bacteria in the U.S. meat supply.
September 18, 2012
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, along with other members of the Safe Food Coalition, delivered a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today encouraging him to immediately stop a pilot program seeking to eliminate border inspection of meat products from Canada.
August 24, 2012
Media Statement: Since 2007, thousands of American dogs have fallen ill or died after eating jerky treats made in China. In the past of couple days, it has come to light that Chinese government officials overseeing the factories that make the questionable treats refused to allow U.S. inspectors to collect samples for independent analysis.
While this lack of cooperation shows an unfortunate disregard for health and safety on behalf of the Chinese government, it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who has shirked its responsibility to keep U.S. citizens and their pets safe and it’s the FDA who must step up and block these potentially deadly treats from harming more animals.
April 2, 2012
Media Statement: “Today Food & Water Watch joins food inspectors, other food safety advocates and consumers in front of the U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters to protest plans to privatize and hasten the inspection of poultry slaughter plants. The USDA wants to cut back on its meat and poultry inspection program and let company employees do the job currently done by 800 professional federal inspectors.
“Cutting the budget does not justify putting the health and safety of consumers and workers in the balance. USDA inspectors receive extensive training to protect public health in poultry facilities, but there is no similar requirement for company employees to receive training before they assume these inspection responsibilities in the proposed privatized inspection system. This short-sided thinking could actually cost the federal government more to deal with a potential increase in foodborne illnesses caused by unsanitary, defective poultry and meat.”
January 20, 2012
Press Release: Today, the Secretary of Agriculture and Undersecretary for Food Safety announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) plan to proceed with a program that would privatize the inspection of poultry products in the United States. Food & Water Watch vehemently opposes this plan and any other attempts to privatize food safety functions that are the responsibility of the federal government.
December 8, 2011
Media Statement: “Yesterday, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) sent a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget that would privatize some of the inspection functions currently performed by Federal government inspectors in poultry slaughter facilities. Food & Water Watch vehemently opposes this proposed rule because we believe it will compromise consumer safety.”
November 21, 2011
Media Statement: “With a recent public letter to the dean of the Maryland School of Law’s Environmental Clinic, Governor Martin O’Malley has clearly taken a stand: he’s for polluters and against the Bay.