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TELL THE WHITE HOUSE TO DROP USDA’S POULTRY PLAN

IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support of and/or against legislation. Do not list your government email or government address in filling out this message, and do not use a government provided phone for this action.

AFGE and consumer groups deliver petitions to the USDA on April 26.

Last week, AFGE and other concerned consumer groups delivered 150,000 signatures to the U.S. Department of Agriculture protesting the agency’s proposal to dismantle the current poultry inspections process. Under the USDA’s plan, private poultry processing plants would be put in charge of regulating themselves, while a single federal inspector would have literally one second to review three chickens to make sure they are free of diseases, feathers, tumors, bile or other contaminants.

There is no way even the most highly trained federal inspector can perform an thorough inspection of chickens and turkeys under this plan. That’s why we’re asking the White House to intervene.

new petition on the White House’s “We the People” website asks the USDA to withdraw this proposed rule. If we can get 25,000 signatures, the Obama administration has pledged to issue a personal response.

But time is of the essence. The deadline to issue official comments on the proposed rule is May 29, so we need to trigger the White House response before May 29.

Click here to go directly to the petition. It only takes a minute out of your day, and it can literally save your life.

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