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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #140 on: September 05, 2012, 06:23:43 PM »
Your comments are timely. Tonight on the way to the store to buy some fruit I turned on the radio and a well know finance advice talk show was on and he was talking about an experience he had at a restaurant recently. He was sitting near the door to the kitchen and as he described it he could hear a waitress "coughing up a lung" all over the food which made him loose his appetite.  But he had a unique twist to his comments. He said the problem was that these minimum wage people do not get paid "sick days" so they force themselves to work when they are sick and thus expose everyone else there and the food to their "sickness".  He didn't come out and say but I think it was a somewhat veiled push for better benefits and health care for everyone.
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #141 on: September 06, 2012, 02:47:46 AM »
I knew there was more than one reason I avoid restaurants.  ::) We may have to start giving the same advice here that we do to people traveling in tropical countries--eat only cooked food; nothing raw--except fruit, and only if you can wash it first.
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #142 on: September 08, 2012, 04:38:01 PM »
We have been hearing about all the hidden things in "natural flavors" that are harmful. I always suspected that this was an area of hidden hazards. We decided to clean out of our cupboard everything with "natural flavors." There were moans and groans when the Bush vegetarian beans went out. Then there were a couple of kinds of vegan soups that had to go. Last but not least was the tomato sauce. "Ohhhh noooooo !" went the chorus. We had no idea just what all lurks in "natural flavors." We may make a few phone calls before making a trip to the food pantry however we have heard that companies are not very willing to release information on "natural flavorings". If they do, can we even trust them ? I think not! 
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« Reply #143 on: September 08, 2012, 05:38:42 PM »
This very day I learned my favorite enchilada sauce has natural flavorings in it! Vinegar, too. ARGH!
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #144 on: September 08, 2012, 05:53:57 PM »
Believe it or not some companies will respond to emails. About a year ago I inquired to a company via email what source where their enzymes and they very willingly said that it's hard to tell. Sometimes they are from an animal source and other times they are not. It depends on what is available when they need them.
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« Reply #145 on: September 08, 2012, 07:43:08 PM »
Raw pig would be a "natural flavor".
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #146 on: January 18, 2013, 07:13:07 PM »
Safety restrictions are being removed between Canada and the United States if a proposal to maintain livestock trade during disease outbreaks is made law. "Canada and the United States have agreed to maintain livestock and meat trade during animal disease outbreaks."  source
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #147 on: April 27, 2013, 10:02:18 PM »
When doing some research on the relationship of Mad Cow and Mad Sheep Diseases to Alzheimer's, I ran across this statement. Many may not be interested, but some will. The disaster in England in the early nineties, where British citizens were dying after eating Mad Cows, ought to have been prevented. That there was a barrier between cow, sheep, and humans with the disease was not good science.

The following is from the National Institute of Neurological  and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, Annual Report Fiscal Year 1982; US. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, a full ten years before the human deaths began.

REVISION OF SURGERY AND AUTOPSY ROOM TECHNIQUES
FOR DEALING WITH DEMENTIA PATIENTS

A. Precautions for handling CJD patients in hospitals and in operating and
autopsy rooms and laboratories . The discovery that the worldwide-distributed
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is caused by a serially transmissible,
self-replicating agent that passes through bacteria-, protozoan- and
fungus-retaining membrane filters, the demonstration that the virus is widely
distributed in non-CNS tissues and fluids of affected patients and possesses
great resistance to usual antiseptics, has also resulted in a growing concern
among medical and paramedical nursing and laboratory personnel, particularly
neurologist, neurosurgeons, pathologists, and anesthesiologists, about the
potential hazards involved in caring for patients with presenile dementias and
handling their tissues. Concern comes largely from recent reports documenting
transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease by corneal transplant, the accidental
inoculation of two patients in neurosugery with CJD-contaminated electrodes used
in stereotactic electroencephalographic recording and stimulation, the suspicion
that a neurosurgeon and two general practitioners may have contracted CJD from
patients and the characteristic greatly over-represented among patients with CJD
of a history of brain or eye surgery in the previous two years before onset of
clinical disease. These concerns have further been hightened by the recent
transmission of CJD to a chimpanzee by implantation of the same silver
electrodes that caused disease in the two human patients after more than two
years storage in formaldehyde vapors ued for sterilization. In response to
these concerns we have published precautions for conducting biopsies and
autopsies and have more recently, presented a summary on the current knowledge
of the pathogenicity and communicability of CJD and related subacute spongiform
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Ten years later the British were being told there was no danger from eating Mad Cows. Many are told there is no evidence that eating Mad Sheep will cause death to humans. And, we are continually being told not to worry about eating Mad deer and elk, that there is no evidence that humans will die from eating them. 

And, while we are at it, we are told there is no danger from eating or drinking Bovine Leukemia infected diary. If you can accept all of this, I know there are some who would like to sell you the Golden Gate Bridge at half of what it cost to construct it.
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #148 on: April 28, 2013, 04:24:42 AM »
That is a stunning article, Richard!
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #149 on: April 28, 2013, 08:58:24 AM »
Many will say that the problem with the lack of safety regarding our food supply is with the businesses that put money above human health. There is truth to this, but I don't see this as the major problem. Often the fox is put in charge of the henhouse. But, what has that to do with the education of the public? Even if the food is allowed to be adulterated or sold when diseased, why is there no great outcry from those in the medical profession or universities? Yes, I know that monied interests are involved, but there is another concern that is overlooked. Why is it that physicians and medical staff are silent about the connection between a virus and cancer? Most Americans know that a virus can cause cancer, but the dots are never connected so that one is more careful about what goes into the body. Why don't doctors advise their patients that it is not just HPV and HIV that cause cancer, but that there may be many viruses that lead to cancer?  One of the reasons is that many are not willing to change their lifestyle to avert the viruses.  An example is the Bovine Leukemia Virus that infects many dairy products.  If the doctor is not going to cease eating meat and dairy, then most often they are not going to say anything to their patients.
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« Reply #150 on: May 30, 2013, 10:55:28 AM »
"And the band plays on."

United States, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants to encourage us that all is well with eating American cow. You would think that Obama has stock in Tyson or Cargill.

"I am very pleased with OIE's decision to grant the United States negligible risk status for BSE. This is a significant achievement that has been many years in the making for the United States, American beef producers and businesses, and federal and state partners who work together to maintain a system of interlocking safeguards against BSE that protect our public and animal health. This decision demonstrates OIE's belief that both our surveillance for, and safeguards against, BSE are strong. U.S. beef and beef products are of the highest quality, wholesome and produced to the highest safety standards in the world.

Last year, exports of U.S.-origin beef and beef products totaled $5.5 billion. With our negligible risk classification from the OIE, we have a strong foundation in place to continue increasing exports of U.S.-origin beef and beef products. In doing so, we will continue to press trading partners to base their decisions on science, consistent with international standards. U.S. food and agricultural exporters and consumers worldwide benefit when countries adopt science-based international standards."


Now the pressure will be brought to bear on nations that don't want cows that have not been tested for Mad Cow Disease, like Japan who tests every cow killed. The Japanese will be forced to buy the carcasses of dead cows from America. As an aside, Japan built their economy based on unfair trade, now they are going to reap what they have sown. Very sad.  We pray that the church is doing her appointed work in Japan so that its citizens will understand there is no safety in eating from the carcass of a dead animal. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #151 on: February 09, 2015, 12:32:47 PM »
Society depends to a large degree on governmental agencies to protect it from disease in the food supply. Government has failed in many societies to do this. I would like to link to an article published when Helen Grant died a few years back. She was a voice crying in the wilderness when many in England were being infected when eating BSE infected cow meat. "As ministers and the food industry battled to reassure consumers that British beef was 'perfectly safe' and that eating it carried 'no conceivable risk', Wendy Grant, like other scientists involved, found herself the victim of a smear campaign, treated with hostility by Ministry of Agriculture officials and accused of being 'out of date'. But she refused to go away." The article reveals my concern about those charged with protecting our food supply.  Helen Grant, faithful to her calling.
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Re: Is Our Food Safe?
« Reply #152 on: January 07, 2017, 07:41:42 AM »
We came across an article that brings into question the US governments ability to keep imported food safe. It seems the World Trade Organization is more concerned about trading than safety. Standards were changed which allowed food safety to be endangered. 

A short time later, the USDA’s independent investigative Office of Inspector General (OIG) decided to review the USDA’s performance in making these historically important equivalency decisions. In 2000, the OIG released a blistering analysis, noting systemic failures in the equivalence determination and enforcement processes for countries representing every inhabited continent. The OIG report was a scathing exposé on the threats posed when food safety prerogatives and policies are trumped by trade goals. 
Standards Relaxed
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