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Fwd: If you eat chicken...

From: MoniqueMarissa
Sent on: Saturday, November 3, 2012 8:06 AM
Even though we don't eat chicken, this is necessary for the quality of life for the factory farm chickens.

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From: Phyllis McKelvey via <[address removed]>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 6:36 AM
Subject: If you eat chicken...
To: [address removed]
Tell the USDA to keep our chicken sanitary by rejecting the poultry industry's demand for fewer regulations.
Sign Phyllis' Petition

Monique Marissa -

I have 44 years of experience working in the poultry industry including as a chicken inspector. I saw meat covered in feces and worse come through my plant every day. Because of trained government inspectors like myself, this meat was kept from ever reaching anyone's plate.

Now, the USDA is about to make a decision that could stop government inspectors like me, leaving regulation of the chicken industry to the private companies themselves. This could allow for unsanitary chickens to be accidentally approved by rushed workers without important safety oversight.

As a mother, grandmother, and retired chicken inspector, I can't sit back and watch. I started a petition on asking the USDA to keep contaminants off of chicken by rejecting the poultry industry's demands for fewer regulations. Click here now to sign.

USDA inspectors are crucial to ensuring safe chicken meat, and the poultry industry wants to reduce the amount of time they're given to inspect chicken to a fraction of a second. I know from experience that not being able to inspect the full carcass means dangerously contaminated birds are often approved by rushed inspectors.

Earlier this year, a concerned mom started a petition on asking the USDA to stop using low-grade meat product in school lunches, and she won. I know that if enough people sign my petition, the USDA won't bow to the chicken industry's dangerous requests -- it's important to act now, because they could make a decision soon.

With your help, the USDA will stand up for consumers and reject the poultry industry's new inspection proposal. Join me in urging them to keep meat free of deadly contamination -- sign my petition now.

Thank you for your support.

Phyllis McKelvey
Former USDA poultry inspector
Albertville, Alabama


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