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September 26, 2012

Superbugs on the Factory Farm

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.

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UPDATE: Where’s the Recall? Tainted Canadian Beef Presently In the U.S.; Deregulation Plans Underway Would Bring More

Media Statement: Early this morning, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) expanded, for the second time since September 20, its “Public Health Alert” for tainted beef products currently being sold in the U.S. imported from XL Foods in Canada (specifically from the processing plant Establishment 38 in Brooks, Alberta). The agency did not issue any recall announcements, but it has listed several supermarket chains that have voluntarily initiated recalls of these products in selected states. Safeway also issued an expanded recall announcement last night, adding beef products in its stores in Idaho to its recall, but that information is not reflected on the FSIS recall distribution list.

September 21, 2012

Aqua Utility to Sell Water and Sewer Systems in Florida

“After witnessing water users in Florida suffer several years of aggressive rate hikes, questionable water quality and poor customer service, we are pleased to learn that Aqua Utility, a subsidiary of Aqua America, is seeking to sell all of its Florida water and sewer systems to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority. The community groups and volunteers of Florida FLOW, local organizers and residents should be congratulated for this victory and for dealing a powerful blow to water privatization in Florida.

“While Aqua Utility’s retreat is a great first step toward regaining public control of water and sewer systems throughout the state, it is still only one victory in the overall fight against the corporate abuses of water privatization. While we are hopeful that residents can regain public control of their water systems soon it remains to be seen if Aqua Florida will negotiate a sale price in good faith or continue to stonewall the four year effort of residents to secure safe, affordable water.

“The final result of Aqua Utility’s troubles in Florida offer critical insight regarding our work against water privatization: private utilities continue to charge higher rates for poorer service than public systems, and residents around the country are fighting back. In the long run, we hope that Aqua will allow local public municipalities to run these water and sewer systems with full resident support, and that the corporation does not pursue selling these systems to another private company that could be as bad or worse as Aqua America.”

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Over 150 Organizations to Call for Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing Through the Global Frackdown

Washington, D.C.—The global grassroots movement to protect public health and the environment from the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will intensify this weekend as concerned citizens around the world come together for the Global Frackdown. The first coordinated international day of action against fracking, the Global Frackdown will unite activists on five continents through over 150 events on September 22 to call for a ban on fracking in their communities, and to advocate for the development of clean, sustainable energy solutions. Initiated by Food & Water Watch, over 150 consumer, environmental and public health organizations including CREDO Action, Environment America, Democracy for America, Friends of the Earth and 350.org are expected to participate in the Global Frackdown.

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Where’s the Recall? Tainted Canadian Beef Presently In the U.S.; Deregulation Plans Underway Would Bring More

Media Statement: “After knowing for 17 days that they had a potential public health crisis on their hands, the management of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) finally issued a ‘Public Health Alert’ at 9:00 p.m. on September 20, 2012 regarding tainted beef that had crossed the border from Canada. Stunningly, they have yet to issue a recall on that meat despite the fact that the Canadian authorities have issued a recall, and that meat is presently in at least eight U.S. states.

September 18, 2012
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Fast Tracking Canadian Meat Inspection Leaves Food Safety in the Dust

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.

September 13, 2012
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Food & Water Watch Applauds U.S. Commerce Department Decision to Provide Relief for Nation’s Fisheries

Media Statement: “Food & Water Watch applauds the U.S. Commerce Department for declaring a national disaster for New England’s fisheries. The move will allow the federal government to offer millions of dollars in relief for fishermen and their communities. While this assistance is much needed, it is not the permanent solution to the problem.

“No one could have predicted the collapse of the cod population in New England. What was predicted was the collapse of the region’s small-boat, independent fishing industry due to the catch shares management system. Catch shares, which has been promoted heavily nation-wide by the National Marine Fisheries Service, have forced smaller-scale fishermen out of business, paving the way for industrial fishing methods that can destroy sensitive ocean habitats. Without significant funds to compensate for these simultaneous disasters, catch shares combined with the cod collapse will be the end of New England’s traditional fisheries.

September 6, 2012

Concord, Massachusetts First to Ban the Bottle

“On September 5, the Massachusetts Attorney General approved amendments that the town of Concord made to its bylaws, making it the first town in the United States to ban the sale of plain, single-use bottled water. We applaud this historic decision.

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Consumer Group Commends California Legislature for Confirming Human Right to Water, Encourages Governor to Follow Suit

Media Statement: Food & Water Watch commends the California legislature for passing Assembly Bill 685, by Assemblymember Eng, which establishes the right of every human being to safe, clean, and affordable water for basic human needs. Despite being the world’s eighth largest economy, too many California residents face serious health risks from their tap water.

September 5, 2012
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The Fight Over Catch Shares Goes to the First Circuit Court of Appeals

Media Statement: “On September 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Amendment 16, which created a federal catch share program for a number of very important fish populations including cod, haddock, and pollock, caught in the waters off of the east coast of the United States. Food & Water Watch, a national consumer group that advocates for sustainable seafood, is an “amicus curiae” or “friend of the court” for this case because of its direct impact on the way the entire nation gets its seafood.

“Food & Water Watch, believes this program has spurred massive consolidation of the fishing industry, granting preference to industrial-scale fishing operations that utilize environmentally destructive fishing practices over smaller-scale operations.
In its rush to push the program, the government also violated the law by ignoring that the program could only be implemented if approved by fishermen in a referendum. It also failed to adequately analyze the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the catch share program.

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