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The FDA bans injecting chicken eggs with antibiotics as a human health threat but backs down when industry groups — known collectively as 'Big Chicken' — squawkThe FDA bans injecting chicken eggs with antibiotics as a human health threat but... more
You may have read or heard lately about Bisphenol-A (BPA) and its many disturbing side effects. It was developed in the 30's as a synthetic estrogen, but is used mostly today in polycarbonate plastic. It's found in sunglasses, CD's and the fillings in your teeth, and is used to coat the inside of tin cans and make plastic shatterproof.
Unfortunately, BPA can activate estrogen receptors that lead to the same effects as the body's own estrogens. Some hormone disrupting effects in studies on animals and human cancer cells have been shown to occur at levels as low as 2-5 parts per billion. These health problems include lowered sperm count and infertile sperm in men, and exposure during development has been proven to have carcinogenic effects and produce precursors of breast cancer. BPA has been shown to have developmental toxicity, carcinogenic effects, and possible neurotoxicity.You may have read or heard lately about Bisphenol-A (BPA) and its many disturbing side... more
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has passed a far-reaching food safety bill in the wake of the recent outbreak of salmonella in peanuts that killed at least nine people.WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has passed a far-reaching food safety bill in the wake of... more
First Michael Taylor, NOW Dennis Wolff? VERY DISAPPOINTING. Please sign this petition and tell Obama to stop appointing Monsanto point men to the FDA while spouting about how much he cares about food safety.
Where's the change?First Michael Taylor, NOW Dennis Wolff? VERY DISAPPOINTING. Please sign this petition... more
This is the first monthly reporting from the Sustainable Agriculture Group on Current of what is going on in Monsanto world and how it effects us, our environment, our health, and our food. I took some stories posted here and elsewhere last month and I give a summary of them. I will also be announcing a monthly site for information that people can read to get more information on GMOs in general. If you have a suggestion for the any sites please send it on to me or list it here. I also mention a couple of activism efforts and some things to look out for in the world of GMOs. I am also going to post some links and videos to augment the video and hope if you are new here or don't know of them that you read them and become informed on this most important topic. While our media continues to feed us celebrity news, the real news is what is happening in the jockeying for position for resources and seeds. And this does and will affect your life, your world, and its biodiversity. So hopefully the information you get here will help you become more aware in ways to avoid GMOS.
Thank you.This is the first monthly reporting from the Sustainable Agriculture Group on Current... more
There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the
> next 2 weeks before people realize what is happening.
Main backer and lobbyist is Monsanto!
– chemical and genetic engineering giant corporation (and Cargill, ADM, and
about 35 other related agri-giants).
This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the
newly formed agency to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply". This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales.
If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans.
The name on this outrageous food plan is:
> Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (bill HR 875).
I found this article, with ability to sign a petition at the bottom: http://bit.ly/19dmDd
You can also view the HR 875 and S 425 bills' details : http://bit.ly/10PnX and http://bit.ly/16FBNc
> THIS IS REAL, FOLKS! PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL CONCERNED ON YOUR MAILING LISTS & CALL YOUR SENATE REPRESENTETIVES TODAY!
The following link is a list of the U.S. senators and their:
contact info: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfmThere is an enormous rush to get this into law within the > next 2 weeks before... more
About two years ago, dozens of workers at a large chicken hatchery in Arkansas began experiencing mysterious skin rashes, with painful lumps scattered over their hands, arms, and legs.
"They hurt real bad," says Joyce Long, 48, a 32-year veteran of the hatchery, where until recently, workers handled eggs and chicks with bare hands. "When we went and got cultured, doctors told us we had a superbug."
Its name, she learned, was MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This form of staph bacteria developed a mutation that resists antibiotics (including methicillin), making it hard to treat, even lethal. According to the CDC, certain types of MRSA infections kill 18,000 Americans a year — more than die from AIDS.
Then in 2008, a new source and strain of MRSA emerged in the United States. Researcher Tara Smith, PhD, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, studied two large Midwestern hog farms and found the strain, ST398, in 45 percent of farmers and 49 percent of pigs. The startling discovery — and the close connection between animal health and our own that it implied — caused widespread publicity and much official hand-wringing. To date, though, the government has yet to put a comprehensive MRSA inspection process in place, let alone fix our problematic meat-production system.
You may not have the same close contact with meat that a processing plant worker has, but scientists warn there is reason for concern: Most of us handle meat daily, as we bread chicken cutlets, trim fat from pork, or form chopped beef into burgers. Cooking does kill the microbe, but MRSA thrives on skin, so you can contract it by touching infected raw meat when you have a cut on your hand, explains Stuart Levy, MD, a Tufts University professor of microbiology and medicine. MRSA also flourishes in nasal passages, so touching your nose after touching meat gives the bug another way into your body, adds Smith.About two years ago, dozens of workers at a large chicken hatchery in Arkansas began... more
Michael R. Taylor, the former Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto has returned through Washington's revolving doors and will now advise FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg on food safety.
We learn of this discouraging connection on the same day the White House announced its new commitment to upgrading the country's food safety system.
Much hope had been held out for a change in FDA perspective due to Commissioner Hamburg's lack of industry ties. Her career has consisted of public health research and policy positions. Prior to her appointment as FDA commissioner, she worked as the New York City health commissioner. Unfortunately, it appears that with the addition of Taylor, the FDA has remedied that problem.
It seems Taylor is just the man you'd want on the job, if you're concerned about unwanted industry regulation and corporate representation of toxic hormones in your dairy. But, examining bad industry practices that lead to salmonella and E. coli tainted foods? Not so sure about that.
According to a release Tuesday on the agency's website, Taylor will now serve as senior advisor to the FDA head. In the announcement, Hamburg, said of Taylor:
"I am pleased to welcome Mike Taylor back to the FDA," Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., said in announcing Taylor's appointment. "His expertise and leadership on food safety issues will help the agency to develop and implement the prevention based strategy we need to ensure the safety of the food we eat."
Taylor's "long and distinguished career" is noted therein without mention of his 7 years of work as an attorney for Monsanto, the giant agricultural biotech corporation.
A few months ago, I posted a story here on The Huffington Post highlighting the insidious way rBGH (the bovine growth hormone) made it into our country's food supply, with the help of Michael R. Taylor. I wrote about the dangerous effects of the addition of rBGH to our dairy supply:
In humans, studies indicate milk from cows treated with rBGH may contain elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IFG-1), which can increase the risk of breast cancer and other types of cancer.
Here is a portion of what I detailed about Taylor's connections in that story:
"An excerpt from a 1998 article in The Ecologist magazine details Taylor's journey and its significance:
"In March 1994, Taylor was publicly exposed as a former lawyer for the Monsanto corporation for seven years. While working for Monsanto, Taylor had prepared a memo for the company as to whether or not it would be constitutional for states to erect labeling laws concerning rBGH dairy products. In other words. Taylor helped Monsanto figure out whether or not the corporation could sue states or companies that wanted to tell the public that their products were free of Monsanto's drug."
So, just what will Taylor's duties be?
As Senior Advisor to the FDA Commissioner, he will be expected to:
* Assess current food program challenges and opportunities
* Identify capacity needs and regulatory priorities
* Develop plans for allocating fiscal year 2010 resources
* Develop the FDA's budget request for fiscal year 2011
* Plan implementation of new food safety legislation.
Tell me the FDA is not bought by Monsanto. Tell me this is change.Michael R. Taylor, the former Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto has... more
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WASHINGTON — New safety standards aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli outbreaks are part of a government effort to try to make food safer to eat.
A food safety panel established by President Barack Obama developed the new rules for eggs, poultry, beef, leafy greens, melons and tomatoes as well as for better coordination and communication among the agencies overseeing the nation's food supply.
The panel was to announce Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department would adopt the standards, which follow a string of breakdowns in food safety.
Earlier this year a massive salmonella outbreak in peanut products sickened hundreds, was suspected of causing nine deaths and led to one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history. In the past month, Nestle Toll House cookie dough and 380,000 pounds of beef produced by the JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colo., have been recalled due to connections with outbreaks of E. coli.
In March, Obama said he would create a special advisory group to coordinate antiquated food safety laws and recommend ways to update them. The FDA does not have enough money or workers to conduct annual inspections at more than a fraction of the 150,000 food processing plants and warehouses in the country, Obama said.
Under the new rules:
_The FDA will help the food industry establish better tracing systems to track the origins of a bacterial outbreak.
_A new network will be established to help the many agencies that regulate food safety to communicate better.
_Egg and poultry producers will have to follow new standards designed to reduce salmonella contamination.
_The Food Safety Inspection Service, the Agriculture Department agency that inspects meat, will increase sampling of ground beef ingredients in an effort to better find E. coli contamination.
_The FDA will recommend ways that producers of leafy greens, melons and tomatoes can reduce disease strains, and require stricter standards in those industries within two years.
_The FDA and the Agriculture Department also will create new positions to better oversee food safety.
The Agriculture Department inspects meat and poultry, and shares inspections of eggs with the FDA. The FDA inspects most other foods, but at least 15 government agencies are a part of the food safety system.WASHINGTON — New safety standards aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli... more
Wow! Somehow this little Bill has slipped past even the alternative public awareness.
It contains all the worst elements of previous food "safety" Bills.
Here is a passage explaining what this Bill will do:
* HR 2749 would give FDA the power to order a quarantine of a geographic area, including “prohibiting or restricting the movement of food or of any vehicle being used or that has been used to transport or hold such food within the geographic area.”
[This - "that has been used to transport or hold such food" - would mean all cars that have ever brought groceries home or any pickup someone has eaten take-out in, so this means ALL TRANSPORTATION can be shut down under this. This is using food as a cover for martial law.]Wow! Somehow this little Bill has slipped past even the alternative public awareness.... more
Here's the low down:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the products were produced on April 21-22 and were shipped to distributors and retailers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.Here's the low down: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the products were... more
By now you've probably heard about Food, Inc, a new film that's co-directed by Eric Schlosser of Fast Food Nation fame. Filmmaker Robert Kenner offers a highly developed expose-type examination of the food industry... (To see this full story and more, follow The Green Connoisseur Blog link on our homepage @ http://thegreenconnoisseur.com )!!By now you've probably heard about Food, Inc, a new film that's co-directed... more
MMMM MMMM mmmm! Is *that* the metallic clang I heard while eating my Oatie O's????! 8-0MMMM MMMM mmmm! Is *that* the metallic clang I heard while eating my Oatie... more
You can see how scary the food industry can be in the U.S. You will never eat the same way again after seeing it.You can see how scary the food industry can be in the U.S. You will never eat the... more
Every few months, it seems, a new food contamination scandal grips the nation, playing out in the same troubling way. Someone dies of a food-borne infection with a scary Latin name. The government recalls a dinner-table staple and traces its contamination to dirty irrigation water or a processing plant. Everything returns to normal until the next case of killer spinach or poisoned peanuts stalks the nationDespite the toll — 5,000 deaths and 325,000 hospitalizations a year — Congress has typically been unwilling to strengthen controls on food growing, manufacturing and handling in the face of powerful industry resistance. But as profits and consumer confidence have plummeted with each new outbreak, the political climate has changed. So much so that earlier this week, a House panel reached unusual bipartisan consensus on the most sweeping reform of the food safety system in at least 50 years.
The bill gives the Food and Drug Administration broad new powers to regulate produce at the farm level and review corporate records on activities ranging from food processing to pathogen testing. Inspections that now occur an average of once every 10 years would take place as often as once every six months for certain items. Foreign governments whose companies send high-risk products to the U.S., such as seafood from China, would be required to certify that those exports comply with U.S. health standards.Every few months, it seems, a new food contamination scandal grips the nation, playing... more
"Even its defenders acknowledge the FDA — the nation's chief consumer protection agency — is struggling, given increasing responsibilities overseeing ever-more-complex health industries, but not a budget sufficient to do the job. An independent review in 2007 concluded lives were at risk, and morale plummeted as the agency's own scientists charged their safety concerns were dismissed by leaders too cozy with industry.
Hamburg, who was just sworn in on Friday, and Sharfstein have pledged to restore the FDA's credibility. The two physicians introduced themselves to the country's doctors Tuesday in an article published online by the respected medical journal — and they didn't underestimate the work ahead.
One priority: Working with the Agriculture Department to improve food safety, following some high-profile crises including the peanut butter outbreak earlier this year that sickened nearly 700 people and is blamed for at least nine deaths. Peanut Corp. of America is under criminal investigation for allegedly shipping peanut butter and another ingredient used in thousands of other products that it knew to be tainted.
To help get back on track, the new bosses promised "a culture that encourages scientific exchange" and to better explain the science behind their decisions to the public.""Even its defenders acknowledge the FDA — the nation's chief consumer... more
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