This week on Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer is talking poultry and public health with Amanda Hitt, the Director of the Food Integrity Campaign for the Government Accountability Project. Amanda oversees FIC operations and is responsible for ensuring that FIC fulfills its mission of enhancing food integrity by facilitating truth telling. Founded in 1977, GAP is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. Located in Washington, DC, GAP is a nonpartisan, public interest group. In addition to focusing on whistleblower support in our stated program areas, we lead campaigns to enact whistleblower protection laws both domestically and internationally. Tune in to learn about the microbial swabbing of poultry, and why it is likely to be less effective in locating disease than prior methods of inspection. Hear how antibiotic resistance has affected the poultry industry, and how poultry often escapes criticism when compared to beef. What are some alternatives to industrial poultry, and what should the consumer expect to pay for safe, quality birds? Find out on Straight, No Chaser! This episode has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.

“When the going gets tough, and the government wants to save money, they go after inspectors.” [8:40]

“It’s hard for consumers to ‘keep the faith’ when the industry isn’t doing the right thing in [poultry] production.” [12:45]

Amanda Hitt on Straight, No Chaser