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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:20 AM

Food Sickens Millions as Company-Paid Checks Find It Safe

Source: Bloomberg

The FDA, a federal agency nominally responsible for overseeing most food safety, had never inspected Jensen.
During the past two decades, the food industry has taken over much of the FDAís role in ensuring that what Americans eat is safe. The agency canít come close to vetting its jurisdiction of $1.2 trillion in annual food sales.

In 2011, the FDA inspected 6 percent of domestic food producers and just 0.4 percent of importers. The FDA has had no rules for how often food producers must be inspected.

The food industry hires for-profit inspection companies -- known as third-party auditors -- who arenít required by law to meet any federal standards and have no government supervision. Some of these monitors choose to follow guidelines from trade groups that include ConAgra Foods Inc. (CAG), Kraft Foods Inc. and Wal-Mart.

The private inspectors that companies select often check only those areas their clients ask them to review. That means they can miss deadly pathogens lurking in places they never examined.
3,000 Killed


Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-11/food-sickens-millions-as-industry-paid-inspectors-find-it-safe.html

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Reply Food Sickens Millions as Company-Paid Checks Find It Safe (Original post)
Ichingcarpenter Oct 2012 OP
valerief Oct 2012 #1
ellenfl Oct 2012 #4
mountain grammy Oct 2012 #5
ellenfl Oct 2012 #10
valerief Oct 2012 #9
AndyTiedye Oct 2012 #14
valerief Oct 2012 #16
shanti Oct 2012 #21
Dustlawyer Oct 2012 #2
alp227 Oct 2012 #18
wordpix Oct 2012 #3
LaPera Oct 2012 #6
bvar22 Oct 2012 #8
CanSocDem Oct 2012 #11
Marrah_G Oct 2012 #12
Ikonoklast Oct 2012 #7
Gormy Cuss Oct 2012 #13
Fla Dem Oct 2012 #15
FiveGoodMen Oct 2012 #19
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Wilms Oct 2012 #17
progressoid Oct 2012 #20

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:43 AM

1. As long as the 1%'s food supply is safe, that's all that matters, because they're the only ones

who matter in this world.

The way the world is run proves this.

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 09:48 AM

4. i wonder if the 1% have food tasters? eom

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Response to ellenfl (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 10:13 AM

5. yeah, the rest of us!

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:22 PM

10. good point! eom

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Response to ellenfl (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:34 PM

9. Private nurseries. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 02:37 PM

14. You Don't Have to be a 1%er to Grow a Garden

Lose the lawn, grow what you can.

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Response to AndyTiedye (Reply #14)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 04:46 PM

16. Gee, lucky you with all that time on your hands. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #16)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 01:36 AM

21. and a yard to grow it in. n/t

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:51 AM

2. Once again, privatization rears it's ugly head! From now on, try not to villanize all trial lawyers

because they help to keep these companies honest and safe. The problem is the tort reform they get everyone to vote for is what is killing them! Caps on damages for "frivolous" lawsuits do not keep us safe! Why would you need a cap that applies to all suits of that type just to protect you from the so called "frivolous" ones? There has NEVER been an epidemic of frivolous lawsuits. Trial lawyers only get paid if they recover money for you. Do you think that they load up on frivolous lawsuits in this day and age. He'll, defendants don't want to settle legitimate suits because they know they have these brainwashed jurors they can rely on! Tort reform is a scam the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came up with in the early 90's that has worked beyond their wildest dreams. Try suing a doctor or hospital for medical malpractice in Texas, you won't be able to find an attorney to take the case! They have made it so you cannot win, or if you somehow do win, you lose b/c the cap is so low that the case expenses (expert fees etc.) and attys fees are all that can be recovered, if that! They still just smell our seafood to see if it is safe. LSU studied seafood that had passed the smell test in the wake of the BP oil spill and found 1,000 time the allowable limit of hydrocarbons! Remember this the next time you have jury duty!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:13 PM

18. ++++! THE TRUTH!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 09:11 AM

3. let's loosen those regs some more, grow DOD & make the rest of gov. smaller! (sarcasm) Obama should

discuss this in his next debate.

The repuke meme doesn't hold up in light of these facts.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 10:50 AM

6. So when WalMart & the rest of the big food corporations label "organic" Don't believe a fucking word

It's all bullshit - buy your organic locally, support local farms & farmers!

Fucking Bush really pushed corporations basically privatizing the FDA - and corporations always cut-corners, over charge, gouge, collude, bribes, pay-offs, kick-backs lie while still getting government money, subsidies (our tax dollars) with no regulations - they can do nothing and anything they want - no oversight - Fuck the peoples health - Corporations are making profits just as the republicans push more & more of this corporate bullshit!

This is just more of the republicans bullshit of corporate privatization of everything....including prisons, education, Social Security the Post Office, Amtrak, etc. etc....to cut corners, collude & over charge!

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Response to LaPera (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:47 AM

8. Can't blame just Bush or the Republicans for this.

The "Centrist" Democratic Party has marched in the same Privatization Parade for the last 25 years. The current administration has essentially put Monsanto in charge of the FDA.

Google: "Micheal Taylor & Monsanto" for the grim news.

The only way to know for sure is to Grow Your Own.





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Response to bvar22 (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:38 PM

11. Indeed!



"The current administration has essentially put Monsanto in charge of the FDA."

Same program that put the pharmacuetical industry in charge of health care. The only culture in the USA is Corporate Culture.

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Response to LaPera (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:44 PM

12. "buy your organic locally, support local farms & farmers!"

This

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:29 AM

7. Ayn Rand business ethics at work.

If my company can get away with selling you poison to eat, it's really none of my concern. You should have done your own research into the food I sell first before eating it.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:59 PM

13. This is nothing compared to what would happened with a small government administration.n/t

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 02:39 PM

15. 3000 people killed on 9/11. We've spent over $1 trillion to avenge those deaths.

And yet congress blocked an FDA request for $3 billion to take back control of food safety. Please explain to me why the threat of unsafe food, that kills thousands of US citizens every year, is any less an assault on the USA, than the attack on the WTC.


"The FDA is trying, so far without success, to wrest back control of food inspection from the industry. In 2008, the agency estimated that it would need another $3 billion -- quadrupling its $1 billion annual budget for food safety -- to conduct inspections on imported and domestic food, the FDAís former food safety chief David Acheson says.

Instead, the food industry lobbied for, and won, enactment of a law in January 2011 that expanded the role of auditors -- and foreign governments -- in vetting producers and distributors of food bound for the U.S."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-11/food-sickens-millions-as-industry-paid-inspectors-find-it-safe.html

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:36 PM

19. We didn't really spend the money to avenge the deaths

That's just what Rush and Fox, et al, want people to think.

We actually spent the money making rich people richer (huge contracts to defense companies, access to oil fields, etc, etc).

Spending less on keeping a safe food supply also makes rich people richer.

There's no conflict here.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:11 PM

17. ^

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:49 AM

20. Less regulations should fix that.

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