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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 16, 2001


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Announcements & Requests

Spanish Why Vegan!

Thanks to Bruce Friedrich, Peta has joined with Vegan Outreach to produce a hard copy of the Spanish version of Why Vegan? Copies should be available by the end of January.



USA Today Reports Vegetarian Diets "OK"



New Instant Messenger Project from PETA

'Skins' allow users to share their interests with others as the graphics you have chosen show up on the messenger of those you're talking to. More tech to spread the message!


Spare the Pigs

Viva!USA has recently launched a campaign specific to pigs, one of the most abused species today (link requires RealPlayer). Here is an article on the launch.


Meat Processors Can't Be Shut Down:
Ruling Denies USDA Power to Close Plants for Salmonella

Excerpts from Washington Post article (Wednesday, December 12, 2001; Page A14):

The Agriculture Department will no longer close down meat processing plants that repeatedly fail to control potentially harmful salmonella bacteria, following a decision last week by a federal appeals court that the government did not have that authority to move against the plants.

The decision by the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish in Texas, who ruled in 2000 that the USDA acted improperly when it closed the Supreme Beef Processors Inc. plant because it failed a salmonella test three different times. Supreme Beef, which is now in bankruptcy, was a major supplier of ground beef for school lunch programs.

But the case took on a much wider significance with the appeals court decision because the judges also agreed to allow the National Meat Association to intervene in the case. The group has challenged USDA's authority to close plants that fail salmonella tests, saying that the action unfairly penalizes companies that are not providing unsafe meat.

Caroline Smith Dewaal, a food safety advocate with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, called the court decision "a huge step backward in the safety of ground beef products."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says salmonella from all sources causes 2 million to 4 million illnesses and 500 deaths annually.


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