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What the Cluck’s on My Chicken?

What the Cluck’s on My Chicken?

Consumer protest is growing against a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that could put contaminated poultry products on your family’s dinner plates and throw more than 800 trained federal food safety inspectors out of work.

Nearly 50,000 people already have signed a petition to the USDA opposing the rule. Now you can join the fight for safe poultry products. Click here to sign AFGE’s “We the People” petition on the White House website urging the proposed USDA rule be withdrawn. If the petition receives 25,000 signatures before June 1, the Obama administration will review it and issue an official response.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Create an account at the White House website. If you already have an account, log in and go to Step 3.
  2. Verify your account. Within a few minutes you’ll receive an e-mail. You must click on the link in that e-mail to verify your account.
  3. Sign the petition. Once you’ve logged in with your verified account, click the green “Sign This Petition” button on the petition page.

After you sign the petition, you can click on the Twitter and Facebook buttons on the page and share with your friends.   

Along with eliminating more than 800 jobs, the new rule would increase the maximum line speed where the birds are inspected from the current 91 chickens per minute to 175 per minute. It also would reduce from three to two the number of federal food safety inspectors per line. On top of that, it would turn many inspection duties over to plant employees without requiring a particular training.

An analysis of the pilot program by the group Food and Water Watch found that company employees charged with inspecting the birds were missing many defects and allowing birds contaminated with feathers, bile and feces to pass down the line.

AFGE President John Gage says the proposed rule is:

a recipe that appears to be putting diseased chickens right on our kitchen tables.

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