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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine suing USDA over potential poo-contamination in poultry


The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for “ignoring concerns over fecal contamination of chicken and other meat.”


The Physicians Committee submitted a petition in 2013, which requested that USDA regulate feces as an adulterant under the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act.


USDA implements a “zero tolerance” policy for fecal contamination, but that only applies to visible fecal contamination.


Deborah Dubow Press, Esq., associate general counsel for the Physicians Committee, who authored the lawsuit said:

“USDA misleads consumers every time inspectors slap a ‘wholesome’ label on contaminated food.
“Consumers should be horrified to know that USDA’s standard for wholesomeness is ‘no visible feces.’”

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