Investigate Alleged Poultry Worker Abuse

Target: Robert M. Califf, Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Goal: Investigate allegations of workplace abuse in poultry industry including denial of bathroom breaks.

Employees working for the largest poultry producers in the U.S. are subject to serious ethical and humane violations, according to a recent report from a global development group. Oxfam America alleges that these workers are frequently denied basic rights such as bathroom breaks and have taken to wearing diapers while working on processing lines.

Conditions for workers in the meat industry have long held a reputation for being especially poor and unjust. Dating back to the 1906 novel The Jungle and up to the 2008 documentary Food, Inc., reports have told of unethical and illegal methods practiced by companies such as Tyson Foods Inc., Perdue Farms Inc., and Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. to keep costs down.

The cheap cost of chicken in the U.S. is only possible through low wages for the employees who prepare it. The Oxfam report also makes note of an unhealthy work environment dominated by high injury rates and a general climate of fear. Sign the petition below to urge the FDA to investigate these troubling claims.


Dear Mr. Califf,

I am writing to call your attention to a troubling report by Oxfam America which contains allegations of heinous employee mistreatment from some of the nation’s largest chicken producers, such as Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms. Among the many claims, perhaps the worst are the stories of workers being denied bathroom breaks and instead wearing diapers while on the job.

The cheap cost of chicken that directly results from this situation is not worth the abuses being suffered by hardworking Americans. I urge you to fully investigate these allegations and if they prove to be true, put an end to them.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Larry Rana

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One Comment

  1. Nancy Dunlap says:

    This is HORRIFIC!

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