Government Accountability Project in The Washington Post
Friday, April 26, 2013
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
The Government Accountability Project, one of 8 clinics at UDC-DCSL, was mentioned in The Washington Post on the health risks associated with a rise in the use of toxic, bacteria-killing chemicals in poultry plants. Agriculture Department health inspectors say processing plants are
turning to the chemicals to remove contaminants that escape notice as
processing line speeds have accelerated, in part to meet growing
consumer demand for chicken and turkey.
In interviews, more than two dozen USDA inspectors and poultry
industry employees described a range of ailments they attributed to
chemical exposure, including asthma and other severe respiratory
problems, burns, rashes, irritated eyes, and sinus ulcers and other
Amanda Hitt, director of the Food Integrity
Campaign with the Government Accountability Project, said her group has
been collecting statements for the past two years from inspectors
reporting illnesses and injuries due to chemical exposure in poultry
plants where slaughter line speeds have increased.
mixing chemicals together in these plants, and it’s making people sick,”
Hitt said. "Does it work better at killing off pathogens? Yes, but it
also can send someone into respiratory arrest.”
Read the full article in The Washington Post, "At chicken plants, chemicals blamed for health ailments are poised to proliferate"