Print Page   |   Contact Us
News: School News

Government Accountability Project in The Washington Post

Friday, April 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
Share |

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 sinus problems.

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.

"They are 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"


School News
Sign In


Forgot your password?

Haven't registered yet?

Calendar

12/2/2014
National Lawyer's Guild DC/MD/VA Immigration Coalition Action Group Meeting

12/3/2014
Ward 3 Visioning Meeting

12/16/2014
National Lawyer's Guild DC/MD/VA Immigration Coalition Action Group Meeting

2/21/2015
Washington Bar Association Career Fair