The American Meat Institute (AMI) and National Chicken Council (NCC) have challenged claims made in the film, 'Food Inc.' in a television interview.

AMI Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Janet Riley, has challenged claims made in the new film 'Food, Inc.' during an interview with ABC's 'Nightline' programme that aired on 18 June.

'Food, Inc.' makes allegations about food production broadly and specifically about the meat industry's animal welfare, food safety, nutrition and hiring practices. According to 'Fast Food Nation' author and the film's co-producer, Eric Schlosser, who appears extensively throughout the film, "It's really just three or four companies controlling the meat." The film opened two weeks ago week in three cities and opened more broadly last weekend.

"I've been in this industry for 18 years and for me, it was like going to see a film about modern investigative techniques and having Scooby Doo show up on the screen," Ms Riley said, adding, "It was a caricature."

In response to the film's claims about animal welfare, Ms Riley detailed the aggressive and unique oversight of humane handling practices in place in meat packing plants.

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