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The VivaVine: Volume #4, No. 4; Sept./Oct., 1995

Where did the manure come from?

A WASHINGTON WOMAN was arrested when she tried to unload a pickup truck full of manure in front of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver to protest the World Meat Congress held in June of this year. Tracy Reiman, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said she is the vegetarian campaign coordinator for the group. A sign on the side of the truck read, "Meat Stinks.''

[Ed. Note: Change happens when people start doing things to get arrested. In fact, ask local hero Jed Civic who was arrested at the Nathan's hot dog eating contest protest (SEE STORY THIS ISSUE).]

FACT wants food safety rules for farms

THE ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) says new federal regulations designed to fight the spread of food poisoning should be extended all the way back in the food chain to farms.

The executive director of FACT, Richard Wood, told the U.S. Department of Agriculture in hearings that began late in May the rules will work only if they attack food-borne disease at the source.

"The proposed rules succeed in taking an important step toward controlling harmful microorganisms in slaughterhouses and food processing plants,'' Wood said. "But if this coverage is not also extended to the farm, the pathogen source, then the regulation is incomplete. When it comes to harmful food-borne microorganisms such as E.coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella, an incomplete response is an unacceptable response.''

The new rules, if adopted, for the first time would require the meat and poultry industry to augment traditional "eyeball'' inspection in plants with microbial testing and to take steps to significantly reduce Salmonella contamination.

Wood said FACT wants animals tested for pathogens on the farm, before they are shipped to processing plants; "zero tolerance'' for Salmonella in feed; identification of animals so those that are contaminated can be traced to their source; and easier access to farm records.