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Would You Trust Government And Food Safety?!?!

on April 16, 2014

 

Look what our U.S. government is doing to the safety of our well being.  Instead of protecting us from harm and keeping us healthy, they pump foods with hormones and biogenetic creations.  Now they’re even trying to hide harmful ingredients and treatments by keeping them from appearing on food labels… No wonder America is the sickest country in the world!!!  Yes, we spend the most on healthcare!!! Now, that’s an imbalance for you!  

The task of keeping our children safe, hormone free, chemical free, GMO free, becomes an enormous task as each year passes.  I keep Luna away from seafood because I do NOT trust the safety regulations at all and the environment has become tremendously polluted – that’s just my view… Be informed and read these two articles below! …

 

1. IRRADIATED SEAFOOD
Are You Eating Irradiated Seafood?
To combat filthy conditions, the U.S. government is going to require irradiation of certain seafood favorites.

From RODALE News, By Leah Zerbe

http://www.rodalenews.com/irradiated-seafood?cm mmc=TheDailyFixNL–1668242- -04162014-The New Threat in Your Seafood text

Effective immediately, some of your favorite seafood picks will be allowed to undergo radiation treatment in an attempt to kill more pathogens lurking in the food supply.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says things like shrimp, crab, lobster, crayfish, and prawns are now allowed to undergo ionizing radiation treatment—and you won’t always find irradiated seafood on the menu.

The National Fisheries Institute petitioned the FDA to allow ionized radiation in seafood and FDA approved it, saying the maximum dosage of irradiation approved is capable of reducing a number of pathogens that may be found in crustaceans, including Listeria, Vibrio, and E. coli.

Still, the agency warns that irradiation is not a substitute for proper food-handling practices, and consumers should still store, handle, and cook seafood the same way and non-irradiated foods.
Irradiated seafood will feature a special label signifying the animal underwent radiation treatment, but here’s the catch: If it’s an ingredient in a processed food—say shrimp in a frozen entrée or salad—you won’t see any mention of irradiation on the label. Irradiated seafood served in restaurants don’t need to carry a disclaimer on the label, either.
The irradiated seafood rule—which went into effect April 14—covers raw, frozen, cooked, partially cooked, shelled, or dried crustaceans, or cooked, or ready-to-cook, crustaceans processed with spices or small amounts of other food ingredients.

“At the maximum permitted dose, this new use of ionizing radiation will reduce, but not entirely eliminate, the number of pathogenic (illness causing) microorganisms in or on crustaceans,” an FDA release recently announced.
But other consumer and food safety watchdog groups believe the approval to irradiate more seafood is just a way to deal with unsanitary conditions found in shrimp and other seafood operations overseas.

“We import over 80 percent of our seafood, and much of that comes from countries in Asia, such as the People’s Republic of China, that raise their seafood in squalid conditions,” says Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The expansion of irradiation to cover more seafood products will allow those countries to continue to raise their seafood products in filthy and unsanitary factory fish farms, since irradiation will be used as the ‘magic bullet’ to make the products safe to eat from microbiological contaminants.”
Hauter also says her group see the announcement as being tied to negotiations of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, where we will see a further expansion of imported seafood from Asia and a weakening of our food safety requirements for imported food products.

The new irradiated seafood rule will greatly impact shrimp, since the U.S. imports 90 percent of the shrimp we eat.
And according to Tony Corbo, senior lobbyist with Food & Water Watch, irradiated seafood receiving the highest allowable dose could be reduced to mush. He told Rodale News chemical byproducts could also be formed that might be harmful.

 

2. NEW BILL AIMS TO HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT GMOs
Comments BY ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP
APRIL 10, 2014 5:45 AM EDT

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13319/new-bill-aims-to-hide-the-truth-about-gmos.html

After two states have passed GE labeling bills and more than 30 are poised to consider similar labeling bills and ballot initiatives, the food and biotech industry have goat-roped some members of Congress into introducing legislation to block state GE labeling laws.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) has introduced the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act [known by its sponsors as the “Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014”] to keep consumers, well, in the dark about whether or not their food contains GE ingredients. The bill would also allow foods labeled as “natural” to contain GE foods, and prevent the federal Food and Drug Administration from requiring mandatory labeling.

Apparently, Pompeo is among the 7% of Americans who tell pollsters they don’t want to know what they’re eating. Most Americans want the right to know what’s in their food. And why not? Some 64 nations already require GE labeling — including Russia, China and Saudi Arabia. Why should Americans be any different? Americans want to know more, not less, about their food.

Nearly 1.4 million Americans have joined a petition urging the FDA to require labeling of GE food — the most on any petition pending before the agency — and more than 200 food companies recently signed a letter to President Obama urging him to honor his 2007 pledge to require GE labeling.

Pompeo’s Dark Act would instead allow companies to disclose voluntarily whether their food contains GE ingredients. And in fact, since 2001, companies have had the power to disclose the presence of GMOs in their products.

Guess how many have?

That’s right, zero.

Fortunately, Rep. Pompeo has to disclose his donors. They include big food companies like General Mills and the Koch brothers.

 

 

 

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