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(NaturalNews) Thanks to a grassroots consumer advocacy group, one of the largest poultry producers in the Pacific Northwest has been exposed for committing hundreds of health and safety violations in less than just eight months.

Referred to by The New York Times as “one of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups,” the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) blew the whistle on Foster Farms’ operations after receiving documentation describing the company’s failure to meet and maintain federally mandated food standards.

The environmental action group filed a Freedom of Information Act request on March 7, 2014, asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for documentation of any violations made by Foster Farms, a poultry company involved in every step of the process including hatcheries, feed mills and slaughterhouses.

Included in NRDC’s request were “any written findings of non-compliance, including but not limited to Notices of Suspension, Notices of Intended Enforcement, and Noncompliance reports, and any additional correspondence, including emails, with Foster Farms related to enforcement, microbiological or residue testing, or food safety concerns” between January 2009 and March 2014.

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The results consisted of more than 300 pages’ worth of reports written by the USDA from September 2013 to March 2014, describing health violations including the presence of mold growth, fecal contamination and cockroaches, according to a report by The Washington Post.

More than 200 violations were issued to two Foster Farms plants in California, which also happen to be the source of an antibiotic-resistant outbreak that sickened more than 600 people in 23 states earlier this year.

Written by Julie Wilson
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