Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Toxic Chicken Anyone?

Toxic Chicken Anyone?

Remember the chicken processing plant which locked the fire doors to keep employees from stealing chicken wings?  Workers died.  I live near plants like that which employ some of the poorest people, both citizens and some undocumented workers, to do some of the hardest and most filthy work!  Things may get a lot worse for them and for anyone who eats poultry.

The USDA is still rushing ahead with plans to slash poultry plant regulations and
privatize inspections -- even though the federal government’s own independent oversight
office has warned against it.
The new poultry regulations would
replace government safety inspectors with factory employees and let plants dramatically
speed up production
. Chickens and turkeys will be allowed to
soak in contaminants like feces and pus
, and then washed in chlorine. The USDA insists that the new rules won’t hurt consumers,
but last week the Government Accountability Office released a report revealing
massive flaws in the USDA’s study
. Meanwhile, independent studies show that the new rules will increase consumers’
risk of exposure to foodborne illnesses like salmonella and that workers will be
at risk of serious injury.
More than 75,000 SumOfUs members have already spoken out against the new regulations,
along with food and workplace safety experts. But the USDA isn’t listening to anyone.
It’s blown through the normal process for approving new regulations in its rush to
line the pockets of poultry companies -- it refused to hold public meetings and prevented
its own advisory committee from evaluating the rules. Now it’s planning to go ahead
with its plan despite the glaring flaws, and
the only person who can stop it is President Obama.
Can you call the White House comment line at (877) 977-1284 and tell President Obama to reverse the USDA’s new poultry plant regulations?
Here’s what to do:
1. Call the White House comment line at (877) 977-1284 between 9 AM and 5 PM Eastern
time. Wait until you get an operator on the line. This will probably take a few minutes.
2. Tell the person that answers that you’re calling with concerns about the USDA’s new
poultry plant regulations. You  can either give your own statement, or
read our sample comment here
3. Once you’re done, make sure to
report how your call went here
. These reports are extremely important, because they’ll help us track how the White
House is responding to our pressure.
The public is getting angrier about the USDA’s disgusting new rules -- they even
made the front page of the Washington Post this week. That means this is the perfect
moment to let the president know that we’re holding him accountable for stopping
the USDA’s terrible plan.
Can we count on you to make a call today to call the White House?
Thanks for all you do,
Rob and the rest of us at
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