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Toxic Chicken


Tyson Foods: Stop pouring dangerous chemicals on chickens     

                                                By Sherry M.
                                                Washington, Alabama

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I didn’t expect to already be on disability, seeking early retirement. But I’m here because of companies like Tyson which require the use of hazardous chemicals on poultry in facilities like the one I worked in. That’s not safe for workers. And it’s allowing companies to cut corners and put the public’s health at risk. I want Tyson to be an industry leader and stop using these chemicals, especially peracetic acid, which is poured all over these carcasses. Having well-trained experts rather than an over-reliance on chemicals will help keep meat contaminated with feces or pus or harmful bacteria off our plates.

I am proud of my work as a USDA poultry inspector where one of my primary duties was to protect the public from foodborne illness. My parents and grandparents worked in the industry and none of them have ever experienced the symptoms I’m having today. But I became seriously ill as a result of heavy chemical use in the plant where I was stationed and things have changed.
Currently, I’m suffering from health problems, including asthma attacks, sinus problems, and even organ damage. My failing health has seriously impacted my lifestyle and may have ended my 16-year career as an inspector. As highlighted in a recent Washington Post article, chemical problems seem to be cropping up in plants all over the country.
In a Tyson plant I worked at in Alabama, the introduction of a chemical called peracetic acid just made things even worse. I felt as though I couldn’t breathe in the plant. One day I was coughing so hard that I broke two ribs. It was a nightmare. And as of the moment I am writing this, the USDA has not done any formal evaluation of how these chemicals affect workers’ health. Additionally, there have been no studies of how these dangerous chemicals, directly applied to the carcasses in processing, affect humans’ health other than directly from the very companies that profit from their sale.

There are a lot of questions. But no one has answers. I can tell you that the Tyson Team Member Bill of Rights claim that there’s a ‘right to a safe workplace’ but it certainly does not seem like it’s being followed.
Following a series of illnesses, including a serious asthma attack that sent me to the emergency room in the fall of 2011, I was left with no choice but to leave the plant and file for disability in December of that year. In addition to daily medication, I now make regular doctor visits, including to a lung specialist who advised me not to return to the plant.

My doctors told me they have witnessed an increasing amount of patients coming from the Tyson plant with similar symptoms, including respiratory infections, eye irritation, and the development of serious allergies.
Inspectors and Tyson plant workers are hesitant or even afraid to admit they’re becoming ill. In particular, vulnerable company employees know they are expendable, and risk termination if they speak out against the visible dangers of chemical use in processing.
I know there are methods to improve inspection by taking birds ‘offline’ if they appear contaminated, so they can be cleaned up without the use of excess chemicals.

After feeling powerless for so long, I now know it’s my duty to speak out on behalf of those inspectors and plant workers who fear retaliation for voicing their concerns.

Please join me in asking Tyson Foods to stop using peracetic acid in its poultry processing and improve standards at facilities so inspectors, workers, and consumers are safer.

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USDA-FSIS Recall Cases ~~ Dec 2013


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Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 075-2013 – Hawaii Firm Recalls Frozen, Raw Chicken Products Due To Possible Temperature Abuse, Dec. 20, 2013.

Hawaii Firm Recalls Additional Frozen, Raw Chicken Products Due To Possible Temperature AbusePalama Holdings, LLC, a Kapolei, HI establishment, is expanding its recall of raw, frozen marinated chicken products to approximately 24,784 pounds because they may have experienced temperature abuse in the distribution chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The expanded recall covers all teriyaki chicken products produced at the company’s Kapolei, HI plant with “Best by” dates ranging Sept. 24, 2014 to November 6, 2014.

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for 074-2015California Firm Recalls Dried Sausage Products Due To Possible Contamination With Staphylococcus Aureus Enterotoxin, Dec. 19, 2013.

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 075-2013 – Hawaii Firm Recalls Frozen, Raw Chicken Products Due To Possible Temperature Abuse, Dec. 20, 2013.

Hawaii Firm Recalls Frozen, Raw Chicken Products Due To Possible Temperature Abuse
Palama Holdings, LLC, a Kapolei, HI establishment, is recalling approximately 3,600 pounds of raw, frozen marinated chicken products because they may have experienced temperature abuse in the distribution chain.

California Firm Recalls Dried Sausage Products Due To Possible Contamination With Staphylococcus Aureus Enterotoxin
Lee Bros. Foodservice Inc., a San Jose, Calif., establishment, is recalling 740 pounds of sausage products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 071-2013, Ontario, Canada Firm Recalls Prosciutto Ham Product For Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination (Dec 6, 2013).

Colorado Firm Recalls Meat And Poultry Products That Were Produced Under Insanitary Conditions
Yauk’s Specialty Meats, a Windsor, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under insanitary conditions.

Washington Firm Recalls Chicken Noodle Soup Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
StockPot, Inc., an Everett, Wash. establishment, is recalling 1,864 cases (approximately 22,368 pounds) of chicken noodle soup due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The Classic Chicken Noodle Soup product is formulated with wheat, a known allergen.

Ontario, Canada Firm Recalls Prosciutto Ham Product for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination
Santa Maria Foods, a Brampton, Ontario, establishment, is recalling approximately 2,600 pounds of whole boneless ham prosciutto product due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Contamination and no recalls … Urge recall and launch real reform!


Policy and Action from Consumer Reports

Foster Farms won’t budge. With nearly 300 sick so far, and antibiotic resistant salmonella strains linked back to particular Foster Farms processing plants, it’s time for a recall.

More than that, it’s long past time our nation’s food producers stop overusing antibiotics on food animals — a practice that makes our life-saving drugs less effective at fighting deadly bacteria.

Despite the government shutdown, we’ll get you heard on this important health issue! Send a message now, and we will get it into the right hands at USDA and FDA.

Demand an immediate recall and new rules for antibiotic use!

When antibiotic resistant strains make people sick, industry reminds us to cook the food more. Wipe everything with bleach. While these precautions certainly help, they don’t address the underlying problem.

Our nation’s meat and chicken industry relies heavily on the overuse of antibiotics to speed growth and help animals survive filthy, crowded conditions. Overuse spurs the emergence of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ on both the farm and in our communities.

That’s why we’re also asking that FDA finally take a strong stand for reduced antibiotic use in agriculture. The current outbreak should serve as a warning. Let’s make real progress before the antibiotics we need for human health no longer work.

Send your message now. We’ll get it to the right people, even with the shutdown.

And don’t forget — get rid of this chicken. Learn how to tell whether you have it in your house or if it’s for sale at your store.. Then forward this email to friends and family so they can check their fridge and join our movement to save our nation’s antibiotics for human health.

Sincerely,
Meg Bohne, NotInMyFood.org,
A project of Consumers Union, Policy and Action from Consumer Reports

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers


By Lauren Ware, About.com Guide

7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Gardens http://slclk.about.com/?zi=1/veX

When I saw those crocuses, I thought: “Hey! Why don’t I have any of those in my yard?” Then I realized that you actually have to plant crocuses to get crocuses. (Seems mean.)

http://smallfarm.about.com/od/cropsandvegetables/ig/7easytogrowplants/bestplants007.htm

USDA-FSIS Recall Cases ~~ Nov 2013


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Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 065-2013, California Firm Recalls Grilled Chicken Salad Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination (Nov 10, 2013).

Utah Firm Recalls Fully-Cooked-Not-Shelf-Stable, Ready-To-Eat Pork Roast Products Produced Under The Wrong Haccp Plan And For Mislabeling
Creminelli Fine Meats, LLC, a Salt Lake City, Utah, establishment, is recalling 31 pieces (approximately 101 pounds) of fully-cooked-not-shelf-stable,  ready-to-eat pork roast products because they were produced under the wrong Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan and for mislabeling

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Intevation Food Group, LLC, a Plover, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 156,924 pounds of frozen chicken fettuccine Alfredo products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products contain egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall [066-2013], [Texas Firm Recalls Various Raw Poultry Products Produced Without the Benefit of Inspection], (November 13, 2013).

Texas Firm Recalls Various Raw Poultry Products Produced Without the Benefit of Inspection
Fran’s Fryers, a Milford, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 251 pounds of various raw poultry products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 065-2013California Firm Recalls Grilled Chicken Salad Products Due to Possible E. Coli 0157:H7 Contamination, November 10, 2013

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 059-2013 (October 22, 2013),recall 059-2013-expansion (October 26, 2013) and recall 059-2013-expansion-2 (November 4, 2013), Kansas Firm Recalls Chicken, Ham And Beef Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination.

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall [059-2013], [California Firm Recalls Grilled Chicken Salad Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination], (November 10, 2013).

California Firm Recalls Grilled Chicken Salad Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination From this morning
Glass Onion Catering, a Richmond, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products with fully-cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Recall Notification Report 064-2013
Wycen Foods Inc., a San Leandro, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 809 pounds of Chinese style chicken sausages, a dried snack food, because they are misbranded and contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the label.

Kansas Firm Recalls Chicken, Ham and Beef Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination 
Reser’s Fine Foods, a Topeka, Kan. establishment, is expanding its recall of chicken, ham and beef products to include all products produced between Oct. 10 and Oct. 25, 2013. The company previously expanded its recall on Oct. 26, 2013,to include product produced between Sept. 5 and Oct. 9, 2013. This is in addition to the 22,800 pounds of product recalled on Oct. 22, 2013.