Federal Bureaucracy and Food Safety

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Federal Bureaucracy and Food Safety – 22 August 2008

Do you wonder why there is more publicity about a possible tomato or jalapeno recall than there is about contaminated animal-derived products such as meat, poultry, and eggs?

Why would so much attention be focused on possibly poisoned jalapenos when at the same time there were 15 meat recalls, one of them involving nearly a million pounds of cattle heads due to possible BSE (mad cow disease) risk?

The answer is simple:

Recalls of vegetables are the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is supposed to protect people from unsafe food and drugs.

Recalls of meat, poultry, and processed egg products are the responsibility of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). And of course the USDA’s principal focus is apparently on the welfare of the powerful, wealthy agribusinesses to whom they are beholden. All those lobbyists in Washington aren’t there for nothing! This is just another example of the golden rule as practiced there: Those who have the gold, rule! Obviously, to them, agricultural economic interests are more important than food safety, health and the environment.

For more on this subject, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/mhvs/nl-2008-su-11.html 
 


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