HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » FDA Quietly Increases Rad...

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:43 PM

FDA Quietly Increases Radiation

From http://www.naturalnews.com/038255_radiation_meats_FDA.html :

Rather than actually take the time to address the root causes of meat and poultry contamination, which more often than not are a direct result of outrageously unsanitary factory farming practices (http://www.naturalnews.com/025716_antibiotic_animals_antibiotics.html), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has instead decided to simply up the doses of radiation that industrial food producers are allowed to blast on their filthy, contaminated meat products.

In the first new rule recently published in the Federal Register, the FDA specifies that "unrefrigerated uncooked meat" can now be irradiated right alongside refrigerated, frozen and cooked meat. And in the second new rule, the FDA increases the amount of ionizing radiation that can be applied to poultry products such as chicken by 50 percent, bumping the dosage up to 4.5 kilograys (kGy) of radiation from the previous 3.0 kGy.

You can view the two published rules here:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-30/pdf/2012-28967.pdf

These two rules, which were enacted quietly and without any media fanfare (big surprise), come more than a decade after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) first petitioned the FDA for their passage back in 1999. And in the years that followed, numerous consumer advocacy and food safety groups decried the proposals, warning that irradiation is dangerous.


More at the first link above.

21 replies, 1510 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 21 replies Author Time Post
Reply FDA Quietly Increases Radiation (Original post)
snot Dec 2012 OP
MotherPetrie Dec 2012 #1
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #2
TheMadMonk Dec 2012 #3
Rex Dec 2012 #4
TheMadMonk Dec 2012 #8
Rex Dec 2012 #13
TheMadMonk Dec 2012 #14
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #5
Zoeisright Dec 2012 #6
TheMadMonk Dec 2012 #9
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #7
backscatter712 Dec 2012 #11
woo me with science Dec 2012 #16
backscatter712 Dec 2012 #10
jeff47 Dec 2012 #12
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #15
SidDithers Dec 2012 #17
Rex Dec 2012 #18
MineralMan Dec 2012 #19
FarCenter Dec 2012 #20
MineralMan Dec 2012 #21

Response to snot (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:47 PM

1. How disgusting - to be expected under Bush, but NOT Obama.

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to snot (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:54 PM

2. Life is gonna be short, just give it a few more years, and then there will be no

SS problem, no Medicare problem, life will be short.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to RKP5637 (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:23 PM

3. Yup because idiots are scared of the things which might make...

 

...a difference and gleefully cheer on the the fucking things that are a big part of the problem.

Bigger cars, bigger TVs, bigger meals, bigger fat arses on bigger plus sized couches.


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:27 PM

4. Yes let us blame fat people

for without a doubt we will be the downfall of society. Sitting on couches and eating! Clearly that makes it obvious.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Rex (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:12 AM

8. No they are just one more brain numbing, pap consuming symptom.

 

I would point out that America is the poster child for needlessly excessive consumption, and for the pride you as a nation you've taken in that wastefulness for the last 50 or 60 years.

But yes, arses parked in front of tellies (with or without the involvement of Cheetos) will be (and arguably already is) the downfall of society: X-Factor, Got Tallent, Survivor, Big Brother, America's Wildest..., most extreme..., Jackass, AND FOX BLOODY NEWS.

It's all tossing Christians to the bloody lions for the modern era, and the nation/world laps it up whilst ignoring half a thousand Neros tuning up and finalising their play lists. Hell the flames are crackling, and you lot are on the 'phone' placing orders for even more distraction and noise.

Reality TV my burning arse. Shield me from reality TV is what the fuck it is and AMERICA CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF IT.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:01 PM

13. I am fat and don't watch TV.

SO I guess your screed is just a mad monk moment. I HATE TVEE. Worst invention ever. But I am fat, so all your stupid stereotypes MUST apply.

Also I HATE reality TV...cannot understand the attraction, but PLEASE continue with the bullshit. I think you hit every bullshit talking point about fat people and America.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Rex (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:24 PM

14. You hate reality TV. Clearly many, many tens of millions don't.

 

They lap it up then rush out and have fist fights over the merchandising.

And what in my "screed" pray tell constitutes a personal or even oblique attack on you. FFS apart from that throw away line about cheetos there isn't a single statement that could even be construed as a reference to obesity.

Talking points they may be. Bullshit they are not. America DOES consume a massively disproportionate proportion of the world's resources. Americans on the whole do behave as if that disproportionate consumption is their God given right. And America has managed to build up quite a bully boy reputation over the last century.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:51 PM

5. And the STUPIDITY will grow and grow! As you say, "gleefully cheering on the fucking

things that are a big part of the problem."

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:59 PM

6. Bigger douchebags who think that blaming others is just fine.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Zoeisright (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:46 AM

9. As opposed to little douchbags determined to blame anyone but themselves.

 

And I'm guessing your choice of name says all that needs saying when it comes to the subject of Nuclear Energy. You know what you know, and facts needn't enter into the equation.

The emotive language ("their filthy, contaminated meat products") used in the articles quoted by OPer snot most definitely indicates that the publisher of Natural News is far more interested in pushing an agenda than actual truths.


America has a heavily industrialised food production sector, and a less than stellar track record in food safety, FIRST AND FOREMOST, because that is what the consumers demand. Lots and lots of really, really cheap. Quality and environmental benignity are very, very low on most peoples' lists of priority.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to snot (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:43 AM

7. i don't really think the radiation is dangerous per se -- but i believe it's being used more so that

 

producers can use more intensive, dirtier practices & sell older food to the public shipped from longer distances. and that worries me a great deal because that weakens the integrity of the food supply.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to HiPointDem (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:59 AM

11. My thoughts exactly.

I don't think irradiation in and of itself is harmful. But give the bastards that run meat producing plants the chance, and their facilities will look like something out of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to HiPointDem (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:23 PM

16. Thank you. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to snot (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:58 AM

10. Meat irradiation is not harmful.

Granted, there are a lot of meat processing plants that need to clean themselves up, but irradiation in and of itself doesn't cause good food to become bad.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to snot (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:02 AM

12. Are you worried about causing cancer in the meat?

I'm really not sure why you're upset by this. Radiation is used to sterilize the meat, thus reducing the chance of food-borne illness.

And despite what B-movies say, meat exposed to radiation doesn't become radioactive itself.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to snot (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:12 PM

15. "Irradiation" IS NOT RADIOACTIVITY!

It is perfectly harmless. Sadly scientifically ignorant idiots hear "gamma radiation" and they freak out, thinking it's the same thing as radioactivity.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to snot (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:07 PM

17. naturalnews. LOL...nt

Sid

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to SidDithers (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:26 PM

18. Okay, got me.

I didn't look at the source, but after actually looking at the links on the site I have to agree with Sid. Further proof? Try this whooper out for size! Doom and gloomers...I think we found you a website!

http://www.naturalnews.com/038291_megatrends_2030_report.html
US government intelligence agencies see possible economic collapse, resource wars, the fall of America by 2030


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to snot (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:28 PM

19. Sourced from naturalnews.com, so you know it's warped.

Irradiating meat doesn't change the meat. It doesn't make it radioactive. It just kills the germs that can cause all sorts of health problems.

The meat itself is unaffected. Why would that be a bad thing? While it would be great if there were no disease-causing bacteria on meat, the fact is that there are. Irradiation kills bacteria.

Overstated, biased claims from naturalnews.com are overstated, biased claims. That's what they do.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MineralMan (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:31 PM

20. Actually irradiation does break some chemical bonds -- but not as much as cooking.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to FarCenter (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:39 PM

21. Yes. But it doesn't materially affect the meat nutrition-wise.

The panic about irradiated food is just that - panic. It's a complete misunderstanding of the process, the result, and why it's important.

Every time some bunch of people gets E. coli from a batch of hamburger, I'm amazed at the fight against irradiation. Websites like naturalnews.com use this type of story as a deceptive practice. It's all designed to sell the crap that's advertised on the site. Feh!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread