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Shallah Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:13 AM
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Gluten scandal proves danger in food system (= to Enron "little evidence that anything...being done"
http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/574776.html

At the very same time federal government officials offered their assurances that the food is safe, they asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put special emphasis on monitoring the nation for an increase in human kidney failures.

Why should we accept health risks -- however small or uncertain -- rather than insist our government take the necessary steps to safeguard our food?

The melamine scandal demonstrates what happens when we leave food safety in the hands of industry and federal agencies such as USDA with mandates to support and protect American agriculture.

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* What is the magnitude of the problem? Despite reports of thousands of pet deaths, the government still has no official number. Like mad cow disease, we're not counting. Such behavior would knock your grade down a notch in Policy Development 101: You have to measure a problem if you want to define it, find a solution and evaluate whether the solution is working. It seems clear that our federal agencies don't want to document the extent of these problems.


Like this editorial mentions at the time countries like England, Japan, Germany and Belgium test every cow for BSE aka Mad Cow the US tests few around 1%. In fact the bush admin. wants to drop it even lower all the while making it illegal for cattle ranchers to pay a government approved lab to test their own cattle.

heh. and with the pet food scandal the people sent over to China praise China's cooperation even though the plants that produced the tainted food were bulldozed so no evidence could be gathered.

and yet our government won't let drugs be reimported even certified and inspected to the hilt. We can't trust nations like Canada which have decent food and drug regulation (for humans at least) but China which regularly is rocked by poisonings of it's own people and fake food including soy sauce made of hair!

This is a warning for Congress and the FDA/USDA to protect us properly instead of waiting for people to die the way those poor pets did from toxic food.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:49 AM
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1. the fda budget for food safety is less than
one to two weeks spending in the iraqi carnage. the usda figures are buried with in the different departments of that agency.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:57 AM
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2. WE MUST DRAG THESE CRIMINALS AWAY FROM CONTROL OVER OUR GOVERNMENT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
From the editorial:


Did you need more evidence that our food safety system is broken? Well, now you've got it.
It's actually more than broken. As scandals go, the melamine discovery is the food system's equivalent of Enron or Arthur Andersen. And there's little evidence that anything much is being done to fix it.

In the latest outrage, most Americans have been left unprotected against contaminated foods that had their origins in animal feed laced with melamine. The industrial chemical apparently has been added to wheat flour and gluten products imported into the U.S. from China and sold as an ingredient in pet food and in feed for animals destined for human consumption.
The practice came to light when cats and dogs across the country started dying of kidney failure. After a massive recall of the tainted pet food, we learned that pigs and chickens were fed the contaminated pet chow. Millions of Americans ate those pigs and chickens and, along with them, the melamine.

More recently, we've learned that farm-raised fish in Canada were fed melamine-infused feed as well.

But the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn't want you to stop eating pork or chicken. According to Secretary Mike Johanns, it's safe for you to eat meat from animals that ate the same chow that killed cats and dogs. Officials argue that levels of contamination are so low that they are unlikely to cause harm.

At the very same time federal government officials offered their assurances that the food is safe, they asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put special emphasis on monitoring the nation for an increase in human kidney failures.

Why should we accept health risks -- however small or uncertain -- rather than insist our government take the necessary steps to safeguard our food?
The melamine scandal demonstrates what happens when we leave food safety in the hands of industry and federal agencies such as USDA with mandates to support and protect American agriculture.

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CDC, USDA, FDA, take note:



Kidney failure rate soars among South Florida's children

April 2, 2007


Three days a week, Autoya Hollis, 17, makes the trip from her home in West Palm Beach to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital for kidney dialysis. Both girls have the same kidney ailment that caused Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning to need a kidney transplant. Because the name of the disease -- focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS -- is so daunting to pronounce, some people simply call it "Alonzo Mourning disease," said pediatric kidney specialist Dr. Gaston Zilleruelo.

South Florida has the nation's highest rate of children with kidney failure, Zilleruelo said, about eight new cases per million population, or about 24 cases a year, compared with a national average of six cases per million.

"We're about 30 percent higher," Zilleruelo said.

The disease may be more prevalent in South Florida because of the large immigrant population, high premature birth rate and growing number of children who are overweight or obese -- all risk factors for kidney disease.

"We are in the presence of what we could almost call an epidemic. The percentage of patients with FSGS in dialysis is about 25 percent, almost double the rest of the nation's 12 to 14 percent," Zilleruelo said. "So it's a concern. Something on the local or regional level is causing the higher rates of Alonzo Mourning disease, and we also have more blacks and Hispanics on dialysis, compared to the national average."

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