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USDA cost-cutting plan would turn over inspections to poultry processors, increase risk of foodborne illnesses
AFGE Leader Cites Salmonella Outbreak in Call to End Government Shutdown - 10-10-2013
Food safety inspection weakened due to shutdown, leader says
Consumer Groups, Food Inspectors Deliver Safe Poultry Petitions - 4-20-2012
Nearly 150K petitions delivered served as USDA extends comment period
AFGE Congratulates Agriculture Secretary-Designate Tom Vilsack - 1-7-2009
Federal Employee Union Ready to Work with Vilsack to Bolster Food Safety
New "Farm Bill" Would Stop Federal Meat Inspection - 9-6-2007
Meat Inspectors Union and Other Groups Say Lowering Food Safety Standards Unacceptable
Unfair Outsourcing Practices "Falter" Badly, Thanks to Congressional Reforms and Safeguards Pushed by AFGE - 8-1-2007
Union Disputes OMB Claim that Congress Misunderstands "Privatization Mission"
Food Inspectors Union Calls for Congressional Hearings Following Job-Related Illnesses - 4-9-2007
USDA Not Doing Enough to Protect Inspectors, Says AFGE
USDA Inspectors Union Warns Public of Agency Plan That Threatens Safety of the U.S. Food Supply - 5-22-2006
Union Says Agency’s Furlough Plan Amounts to
Customs and Border Protection Election Balloting Begins May 9 - 3-23-2006
AFGE looks to cement its role as the nation’s homeland security union
Homeland Security Union Supports 9/11 Commission Findings - 12-5-2005
AFGE criticizes administration for failing in homeland security efforts
Agriculture Union Backs AFGE for Representation of Customs and Border Protection Officers - 10-3-2005
NAAE supports AFGE over NTEU in potential election for CBP members
Homeland Security Unions Plan To Sue DHS - 1-26-2005
AFGE, NTEU, NFFE and NAAE to File Suit Challenging New Personnel System New Regulations Compromise National Security and Violate Bill of Rights, Say Union Presidents
Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks Calls Questions About Homeland Security Priorities, Says Union Council President - 9-10-2004
We Need Tools and Staff , Not High-Tech Toys, Say DHS Officers
AFGE Questions Results Of USDA Contract Bid - 3-19-2004
Union Prostests to GAO, Two U.S. Senators Call for Investigation
AFGE Appeals Deregulation of Food Inspection - 2-6-2001
AFGE Council 45 supports the thousands of dedicated Food & Consumer Safety Inspectors working on the front lines of the meat, poultry, and egg products industries, usually under unsafe conditions, and safeguarding the American food supply.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulation that requires federal food inspectors to merely monitor plant records rather than inspect the food Americans eat is being challenged in court by AFGE.
The lawsuit, filed April 8, 2011 on behalf of the meat and poultry inspectors AFGE represents, seeks to halt USDA's implementation of a rule that in effect deregulates the critical post-mortem inspection of meat and poultry carcasses and instead relies on an industry "honor system." "The meat and poultry industry should assume more responsibility for its products but not at the cost of eliminating vital hands-on inspections by qualified government inspectors," emphasized Delmer Jones, head of AFGE's National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals and a 39-year veteran meat and poultry inspector.
AFGE is asking that the court order the USDA to continue its post-mortem examination of all meat and poultry carcasses by federal inspectors rather than turning the plant inspection process over to the industry.
"This is a backdoor attempt to change administratively what Congress would never consider changing legislatively--severely weakening the entire meat and poultry inspection process," National President Bobby L. Harnage pointed out. "We're not about to sit back and watch while USDA abdicates its responsibilities to American consumers."
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NJC Chairman, AFGE Council 45
4673 Country Road 24
Crossville, Al 35962
Phone: (256) 659-3391
Fax: (256) 659-3395
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