Tell the USDA – Listen to Your Inspectors! Keep Poultry Safe by Rejecting the HIMP Plan!
  • Petitioned Matt Paul

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Matt Paul
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Courtney Rowe
USDA Secretary
Tom Vilsack

Tell the USDA – Listen to Your Inspectors! Keep Poultry Safe by Rejecting the HIMP Plan!

    1. Petition by

      Government Accountability Project

The USDA is thinking about taking shocking action that will put American families at risk. The agency is considering instituting a controversial plan at poultry plants, known as HIMP, which federal meat inspectors warn will dramatically reduce the quality of chicken, and pose a direct threat to food safety.

HIMP means more blisters, scabs, tumors and disease in our chicken. How do we know this? Because USDA inspectors – those workers who have operated under HIMP and non-HIMP systems – have sworn that it's the truth.

When the USDA proposed in January that the HIMP program be instituted nationwide, USDA inspectors started, in droves, contacting the Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) of the Government Accountability Project (GAP) – the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.

What did these whistleblowers tell us? Their firsthand knowledge is terrifying:

·      Chickens currently pass by federal inspectors checking them at a rate of 35 birds per minute, per inspector. Our whistleblowers have worked in HIMP plants where that jumps up to 200 birds per minute for one inspector! That's so fast, inspectors simply can't look at every bird.

·      Under HIMP plans, federal inspectors are replaced with plant workers who are powerless to speak out against their employers. Our whistleblowers have witnessed these "sorters" are rebuked by supervisors when they try to slow down the line for food safety concerns. It's all profit, all the time.

·      Inspectors at HIMP plants can only see the backside of the bird – not the front (where the breast meat is) or the inside, either of which may show tumors, scabs or fecal matter.

Make no mistake – HIMP does nothing to protect the wholesomeness of chicken or the integrity of the food on your family’s table. On the contrary, it makes your family less safe. We're collecting as many more affidavits as we can from USDA inspector whistleblowers who know this is a bad idea.

But you can help. The USDA's comment period on HIMP is open until April 26. Sign our petition immediately to let Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack know that removing federal inspectors from poultry plants by instituting the HIMP plan is a terrible idea – one that the agency should abandon immediately.

FIC will also make sure that, along with the affidavits we have collected from USDA inspectors, this petition and its signers will be submitted into the official comments on HIMP.

Thank you for your support, and for caring about food integrity!

~ The Food Integrity Campaign of the Government Accountability Project

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    • Nathan Oliphant TRINIDAD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I like meat. I do not, however, like meat with feces. Considering the conditions present today in processing plants, where USDA inspectors are supposedly inspecting things already, only a complete idiot would think that the idea of trusting meat processors to police themselves is a good idea.

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    • sandra cole ATTALLA, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      I have worked in the poultry industry, and there are alot of shortcut, when no one is there watching.

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    • Bobbie Rucks ALBERTVILLE, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      This new inspection system for poultry slaughter plants is another example of attacks on everyday Americans going overboard. And this time it's our kids and families being put at risk. The new rule would eliminate about 1,000 jobs and cut corners on our health at a time when billionaires and corporations are getting tax breaks. It's shocking.

      If we win this fight, we'll call attention to a textbook case of how federal workers serve our national community. We'll save jobs. We'll protect the public health. And we'll all be able to eat chicken without wondering if it's safe.

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    • Roger McKee PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      I don't want to have to avoid eating chicken to maintain my health.

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    • Patricia Saynes SIGNAL MTN., TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Corporate privatation is not the answer. Doest public health and safty mean anything anymore. There is no compromise when it comes to food safety.

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