Poultry Workers, Already at Risk From COVID-19, Sue USDA Over Dangerous Line Speeds

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and five of its local unions represented by Public Citizen Litigation Group filed a federal lawsuit today to end U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers allowing poultry plants to increase production line speeds and further endanger workers already facing elevated risks [...]

2020-07-29T22:58:37+00:00July 29th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Court Agrees That Workers’ Challenge to USDA’s Disregard for Their Safety in New Swine Inspection System Can Move Forward

Note: A Minnesota federal court on Wednesday largely denied the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) motion to dismiss claims brought by workers in swine slaughter plants challenging the agency’s “New Swine Inspection System.” That system eliminates limits on the maximum speed at which plants can operate their slaughter lines. The [...]

2020-04-03T20:23:47+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Tags: , |

Unions Sue USDA Seeking to Halt New Pork Processing Rule

The union representing workers at pork processing plants sued the federal government on Monday to challenge a new rule that allows companies to set line speeds and turn over more food safety tasks to company employees. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and local unions in Minnesota, Iowa [...]

2019-10-09T22:51:14+00:00October 9th, 2019|Tags: , |

Grocery sector sees spike in food recalls

Amid a flurry of food safety warnings in recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a public health alert about beef, pork and poultry salads and wraps possibly contaminated with cyclospora. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said this week that the products, distributed by SpartanNash [...]

2018-08-02T20:21:38+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Tags: , |

Poultry industry request to speed up inspection lines lays an egg

The Trump administration has rejected a petition from the chicken industry to speed up poultry inspection lines, cheering public-health advocates who warned that a line-speed increase would harm workers and food safety. The National Chicken Council asked the USDA in September to let meatpackers operating under a new inspection system to [...]

2018-01-31T18:02:08+00:00January 31st, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Government testing online grocery shopping for food stamp participants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to launch a two-year pilot program this summer with seven retailers to allow food stamp recipients the ability to purchase their groceries online. More than 44 million Americans participated last year in federal government’s low-income food assistance program, called SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition [...]

2017-01-12T01:33:37+00:00January 6th, 2017|Tags: , |

This War Over GMOs Could Change Your Grocery Shopping Forever

Political forces unleashed in a tiny state like Vermont (pop. 626,000) sometimes reverberate on the national stage, and Bernie Sanders isn’t the only recent example. A food-labeling requirement in Green Mountain State is now roiling the US Senate and the Department of Agriculture, and also has the Grocery Manufacturers Association—a deep-pocketed [...]

2016-03-11T17:26:46+00:00March 11th, 2016|Tags: , , , |
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