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04-14-2010, 06:13 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style='font-size: 20pt'>Food Safety in the US: We're on Red Alert</span>

by Andrew Kimbrell

The United States once had one of the safest food systems in the world, but now, <span style='font-size: 20pt'>70 million Americans are sickened, 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die from food-borne illness every year. It is a sad fact: since 9/11, far more Americans have been killed, injured or hurt because of our lack of a coordinated food safety system than by terrorist acts that challenge our Homeland Security system.
The culprits in this assault on American wellbeing aren't shadowy terrorist figures, but rather, they are what most consumers would identify as wholesome -- not harmful -- foods. Peanuts, lettuce, pistachios, spinach, hamburgers sold to Boy Scout camps, peppers, tomatoes, and pepper-coated sausages are among the foods that have sickened and killed Americans in just the last few years. Our children are most at risk from these food threats, with half of all food-borne illness striking children under 15 years old.

The Bush administration constantly claimed it was protecting Americans from potential security threats, yet it completely failed to protect the public from the clear and present danger of deadly food. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Due in part to that administration's cuts in funding and staff, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently inspects less than 25% of all food facilities in the U.S. More than 50% of all American food facilities have gone uninspected for five years or more. During President Bush's last term, regulatory actions against those companies selling contaminated food to Americans declined by over a half </span>(Office of the Inspector General: FDA's Food Facility Registry. Report: OEI-02-08-00060, December 2009).

The result is tragically predictable. <span style='font-size: 17pt'>Large processing facilities, which now mix foods from across the country and the world, are not being inspected.</span> Illnesses caused by contaminated foods, which could be prevented with proper government oversight, are instead causing the hospitalization of hundreds of thousands and the deaths of thousands of Americans. <u>Again, the victims are, disproportionately, our children. </u></div></div>


<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style='font-size: 17pt'>USDA orders largest beef recall: 143.4 million pounds.</span>

The U.S. government on Sunday ordered the largest
beef recall in U.S. history 143.4 million pounds
and said the meat has been used in school
lunches and food assistance programs......

......The meatpacker is accused of improperly slaughtering what are called "downer" cattle those unable to walk to slaughter.

Such cattle raise the fear of mad cow disease and are more likely to carry E. coli and salmonella bacteria because they typically wallow in feces and their immune systems are often weak.

The government said it had inspectors present "continuously" at the plant, as is standard procedure.

Even so, the use of downer cattle was brought to light by the Humane Society of the United States, which published a video last month it said was made by an undercover worker at Hallmark/Westland. The video shows cattle lying on the ground being moved by forklifts and being chained and pulled. </div></div> link (http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2008-02-17-slaughterhouse-recall_N.htm)


04-14-2010, 06:25 AM
Must be inherited from Bush.

04-14-2010, 11:44 AM
Darn that evil Bush.


04-14-2010, 12:20 PM


Gayle in MD
04-14-2010, 12:49 PM
Dear Q.,
This is a very important post. I thank you for posting it.

Unfortunately, this forum is filled with Rightwingnuts, who have no appreciation for anything at all that is "In Perspective" and particularly about any factual information.

Sorry, that someone as knowledgable as you obviously are, has to sign onto this site and see a list of the same ol' cyberstalkers who spend their time twisting the truth about what is actually going on in America.

they either make up lies, or use the lies their pudnits tell them, and when they have nothing at all, they respond with the kind of pointless, sarcasm the the aveerage idiots use.


04-14-2010, 02:31 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body">

Sorry, that someone ... has to sign onto this site


Hey, Gayle! Newsflash!!! Nobody has to sign onto this site. It's a concept you aren't familiar with known as freedom and accepting responsibility for one's own actions.

Q obviously enjoys having someone constantly pointing out the error of his posts, much as you do. Otherwise, he wouldn't be signing on and posting to begin with!