Food Inspectors and Consumer Groups to Protest Poultry Proposal

Washington: Federal food inspectors represented by the American Federation of Government Employees will join with consumer watchdogs and concerned citizens to protest proposed changes to the poultry inspections process that they fear could put the American public at risk.

A rally outside the Agriculture Department headquarters in Washington is planned for 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 2. Leaders of the participating groups will offer brief remarks and will be available for on-site interviews.

Participants hope to raise awareness of a regulation proposed by Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service that will partially privatize the poultry inspections process and drastically increase the number of birds federal inspectors must examine.

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What: Rally to oppose proposed changes to poultry inspections process

When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 2

Where: Jefferson Drive SW in front of Agriculture Department building's visitor's entrance

Who: Food Safety and Inspections Service employees; members of Food & Water Watch, Consumer Federation of America, National Consumers League, Government Accountability Project; other concerned citizens