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If you want to enact policy reform that threatens the food or beverage industry in any way, you have to understand your opponent. At Eat Drink Politics, we understand the challenges of taking on the likes of McDonald’s, PepsiCo, and Anheuser-Busch InBev. With more than 17 years of experience in corporate research and advocacy, we can help you counter underhanded industry tactics that threaten public health. We have a broad expertise that includes health, law, policy, economics, and marketing, combined with a passion for exposing and countering corporate public relations and lobbying. Our clients include non-profits, law firms, and political campaigns. Read more …

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How Big Chicken Took Over America

Last month, an unusual scuffle played out between two federal agencies over a controversial proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase the speed of kill lines for poultry in slaughterhouses. But with testing from Consumer Reports last year revealing that 97 percent of raw chicken breasts purchased at retailers are contaminated with harmful bacteria, and with poultry workers already suffering from numerous job-related injuries, advocacy groups are vigorously opposed to the idea. The rule would also reduce the number of USDA inspectors required to ensure food safety, transferring some of that responsibility to the chicken and turkey companies themselves. But as one former inspector (who worked both for the USDA and the chicken industry) warned, plant workers are not properly trained for inspection, and they are too scared for their jobs to speak up. That’s why groups such as Food and Water Watch are taking out newspaper ads calling the proposal the “Filthy Chicken Rule.” Read rest at Al Jazeera America …

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