The New York Times: Charges Filed in Peanut Salmonella Case
The owner of now-bankrupt Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and three other executives were indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday, four years after a Salmonella outbreak was linked to the company's product (sickening more than 700 and killing at least nine people). Federal prosecutors allege the company knowingly sold contaminated peanut products throughout the country.
Former PCA employee-turned-whistleblower Kenneth Kendrick wasn't shocked to hear that the plant he worked at in Plainview, Texas was included in the indictment. He worked there in 2006, but left after four months after seeing the appalling conditions that threatened food safety. It wasn't until his appearance on Good Morning America after the outbreak that his concerns were heeded.
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Study Reveals Extensive Seafood Mislabeling in U.S.
GAP's Food Integrity Campaign Investigation and Outreach Coordinator Alyssa Doom blogs about the serious problem of mislabeling in the seafood industry. A new report finds that 33 percent of seafood products tested were mislabeled. Since the federal government only inspects a small amount of seafood consumed in the country, consumers must rely on industry whistleblowers to raise alarms.
Washington Post: CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou Gets Posh Send-Off to Prison
GAP client and CIA/Torture whistleblower John Kiriakou was honored with a going-away party last night, one week before he will check into the federal correctional institution in Pennsylvania where his 30 month sentence will be served. Kiriakou stated that although the CIA never forgave him for exposing the torture program, he still loves the organization and wears his “conviction as a badge of honor.”
GAP sponsored an event honoring Kiriakou last month, video of which may be viewed here.
The DePauw: Anti-Whistleblower Bill Back on the Indiana Senate Floor
A senior college student at DePauw University in Indiana explains why the anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bill on the State Senate floor is simply aimed to "suppress the democratic flow of information" and "protect corporate interest" by making it a crime to take pictures or videos at industrial farms.
AP: Lance Armstrong Whistleblower Lawsuit – Department of Justice Lobbied by USADA to Join Suit
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is urging Attorney General Eric Holder to become involved in the lawsuit against Lance Armstrong. The lawsuit, originally filed by a former teammate, accuses Armstrong of committing fraud against the US Postal Service, which sponsored most of his teams during his Tour de France wins.
Agence France-Presse: Whistleblower at Center of Malaysia Graft Fight
Malaysia’s most prominent whistleblower is coming into the limelight as national elections near. The country’s overwhelming levels of public and private sector corruption – despite a Whistleblower Protection Act and special corruption courts – are high on the voters’ list of concerns.
Jack Davis is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.