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« Reply #80 on: July 27, 2006, 09:47:00 PM »
STATEMENT BY AGRICULTURE SECRETARY MIKE JOHANNS REGARDING THE REOPENING OF THE JAPANESE MARKET TO U.S. BEEF
July 27, 2006

"I am pleased that Japan announced today it would resume imports of U.S. beef from cattle 20 months of age and younger. This has been a long process as we've confirmed that our system is in full compliance with Japan's import requirements and provided Japan with clear, scientific data confirming that American beef is extremely safe. It is gratifying to know that these efforts paid-off, as did the patience demonstrated by Congress.

"It is unfortunate that the trade resumption launched last December was cut short in January of this year. Nations need reasonable methods of addressing the inadvertent shipment of products that don't meet an importing country's specifications, without disrupting an entire trading relationship. The U.S. has such methods of addressing noncompliant shipments from Japan, as well as our other trading partners, and I am hopeful that going forward Japan will take a similar approach.

"As we look forward, we must also continue to strive to move beef trade with Japan and throughout the world toward science-based international guidelines. Science provides us with clear data upon which to build trading standards. All of us must be mindful of these guidelines and work toward complying with them.

"In 2003, the United States exported $1.4 billion worth of beef and beef products to Japan. I look forward to the day when we resume that level of trade. To that end, I have asked the Japanese Government to meet with us this fall to discuss the next steps toward strengthening our beef trading relationship and graduating to standards based in science."

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« Reply #81 on: July 27, 2006, 09:49:00 PM »
"I have asked the Japanese Government to meet with us this fall to discuss the next steps toward strengthening our beef trading relationship and graduating to standards based in science."

One day the Japanese and a lot of others will be asking what the next steps ought be in regards to punishment of those who conspired to conceal the true "science". On the other hand, most of the information is out in the open and the blind sheep are following the blind politicians.

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« Reply #82 on: August 24, 2006, 11:55:00 AM »
First we didn't have any mad cows, now it is "just another mad cow"!

STATEMENT BY US AGRICULTURE SECRETARY MIKE JOHANNS REGARDING CANADA'S EIGHTH BSE CASE August 23, 2006

"This morning, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified the USDA of a case of BSE in a beef animal in Alberta, Canada. Canada has started an epidemiological investigation to identify the animal's herd of origin.

"With the information currently available we do not anticipate a change in the status of beef imports from Canada. While our risk assessment anticipated multiple cases of BSE, we are confident that the interlocking safeguards in place in both Canada and the U.S. are providing effective consumer protection.

"USDA continues to work on the proposed rule to allow animals over 30 months of age from countries at minimal risk for BSE. We will incorporate epidemiological findings from this latest case into the current risk assessment to ensure that the conclusions we have drawn about the proposed rule's effectiveness are still accurate."


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« Reply #83 on: November 09, 2006, 11:18:00 AM »
I can't find the story online, but soon we will have it. Last July the USDA, FBI and other government agencies, with guns drawn raided an Arizona meat packer. The alleged crime was testing cattle that were being processed as food for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease.

Federal authorities confiscated records on more than 11,500 cattle tested at Farabee Processing from June 2004 until July 27 when federal agents executed the search warrant at the small packing plant just south of the Phoenix metro area. Farabee said he couldn't list all of the government agencies that showed up, ranging from the FBI to the local tribal police.

"You name it, they had a group here," he said. "They had their guns drawn, coming in the front door and grabbing employees, handcuffing people, just a fiasco. And all they had to do was come in and talk to me because were under federal inspection all the time. They wanted to come in and make a statement and put that fear into us that they were the government." By Chris Clayton
DTN Staff Reporter.

Well, there you have it. This company was testing high risk cows for "mad cow disease" and the government put a stop to it in a big way. Enjoy your animal products. Cancer is increasing at a rapid rate because the animals are diseased and the government agencies responsible for food safety are not protecting us. Cancer is transmitted from animals to humans.

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« Reply #84 on: March 29, 2007, 10:14:00 PM »
In this thread we have reported on the battle between a US meat producer who is suing the USDA to be able to test its cows for BSE, Mad Cow Disease. Creekstone Farms halted its plan to test each cow in 2004. Well, the courts have decided the case in favor of Creekstone Farms and against the USDA saying they do not have the authority to regulate the tests. The testing is done on dead cows, not live ones. This is really good news! If the appellate court upholds the ruling, we will find out how many people are being subjected to Mad Cow Disease.

This is a huge industry and the battle is not over. As I recall, we are looking at around 50 billion dollars. That doesn't sound right. Maybe somebody and check that out. Billion is a lot of money.  So, in the desire to protect the industry, many are subjected to CJD.

WASHINGTON — The federal government must allow meatpackers to test their animals for mad cow disease, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, a meatpacker based in Arkansas City, Kan., wants to test all of its cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. Larger meat companies feared that move because if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they could be forced to do the expensive test, too.

The Agriculture Department currently regulates the test and administers it to less than 1 percent of slaughtered cows. The department threatened Creekstone with prosecution if it tested all its animals.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson ruled that the government does not have the authority to regulate the test. Robertson put his order on hold until the government can appeal. If the government does not appeal by June 1, he said the ruling would take effect.
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« Reply #85 on: April 10, 2007, 08:08:00 PM »
No more mad cows in the US?

A heifer born from an animal in the same herd as a Canadian bull diagnosed in February with mad cow disease was exported to the United States in 2002, but a U.S. official said on Tuesday there is no evidence the animal had the brain-wasting disease.

The heifer was sent to a feed lot in Nebraska and later slaughtered in the state at a facility overseen by a U.S. Agriculture Department inspector.

After discovering the infected bull, Canadian inspectors looked at other animals born in the same herd during the previous 12 months.

"It most likely" entered the food supply "given that it was slaughtered," said Karen Eggert, a spokeswoman with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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Any chance  that the animal was tested for BSE? Slim to none.

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« Reply #86 on: April 11, 2007, 12:40:00 PM »
On the same topic "is our food safe" let's look at another Government Agency who 'works for our own good'.  

The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) is a unit of the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  It is interesting that the chair of the FNB (as of 2004) has been consultant to several major dairy-related companies such as National Dairy Council, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, which is a major seller of dairy based products, Nestle Company and a Dannon Yogurt affiliate.  Simultaneously, he was chair of the Dietary Guidelines Committee that establishes the Food Guide Pyramid and sets national nutrition policy affecting the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, the Food Stamp Program and the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Feeding Program (WIC).  As chair of this latter committee, his personal financial associations with the food industry were not publicly revealed as required by federal law.  Eventually a court order, initiated by the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, was required to force him and his fellow colleagues to reveal their relationships with the food industry.  Although the chair's industry associations were more substantial, six of the eleven committee members also were shown to have ties to the dairy industry.

"The entire system of developing public nutrition information has been invaded and co-opted by industry sources that have the interest and resources to do so.  They run the show.  They buy a few academic hacks who have gained positions of power and who exercise considerable influence, both within academia and government.

It seems curious that while government scientists are not allowed to receive personal compensation from the private sector, their colleagues in academia can receive all that they can get.  In turn, these conflicted individuals then run the show in collaboration with their government counterparts.  However, restricting academics from receiving corporate consultancies is not the answer.  That would only drive it underground.  Rather, the situation would be best handled by making one's industry connections a matter of public disclosure.  Everyone needs to know the full extent of each academic's associations with the private sector.  Disclosure and full transparency is in everyone's interest.  These associations should not be something we have to go to court to discover.

Lest you think that this FNB is merely a five-second news bite that then gets filed into a dusty old cabinet somewhere in Washington, there are tens of millions of people directly affected by this panel's findings.  According to the summary of the report itself, the recommended levels of nutrient consumption that are set by this panel are the basis for nutrition labeling of foods, for the Food Guide Pyramid and for other nutrition education programs...They are used to determine the types and amounts of food:

*  provided in the WIC Program and the Child Nutrition Programs such as School Lunch

*  served in hospitals and nursing homes for Medicare reimbursement

*  found in the food supply that should be fortified with specific nutrients

*  used in a host of other important federal and state programs and activities, such as establishing reference values used in food labeling.

The School Lunch Program feeds 28 million children every day.  With officially recommended consumption patterns like these, we are at liberty to put any agricultural commodity we want into the hungry mouths of children already suffering from unprecedented levels of obesity and diabetes.  By the way, the 2002 FNB report does make one special exception for children:  it says that they can consume up to 40% of calories as fat, up from 35% for the rest of us, while minimizing the risk of chronic disease.  The Women, Infants and Children Program affects the diets of another 7 million Americans, and the Medicare hospital programs feed millions of people every year.  It is safe to say that the food provided by these government programs directly feeds at least 35 million Americans a month.

For people who are not directly fed by the government, this nutrient information still has significant consequences.  From September 2002 onwards, nutrition education programs around the country have incorporated these new guidelines.  This includes education in primary schools, universities, health professional programs and other community-based programs.  Food labels also will be affected by these changes, as will the nutrition information that seeps into our lives via advertising.

In school, our children can be fed more fat, more meat, more milk, more animal protein, and more sugar.  They will also learn that this food is consistent with good health!  The ramifications of this are serious, as a whole generation will walk the path of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases; all the while believing that they are doing the right thing.  Meanwhile, our government and its academic hacks can feel free to unload more meat, more fat, more animal protein, and more sugar onto the neediest among us.  For others concerned about nutrition, every time they see a dietitian, every time they see their doctor, every time they see a nutritionist, and every time they go to a community health center, they may be told that a diet high in fat, animal protein, meat and dairy is consistent with good health, and they needn't worry about eating too many sweets.  Posters that deck the bulletin boards of public institutions will now feature these new government guidelines as well.

In short the FNB report which represents the most sweeping regressive nutrition policy statement ever seen, will either indirectly or directly promote sickness among Americans for many years to come.  

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« Reply #87 on: April 11, 2007, 02:16:00 PM »
Yes, Brother Stephen, when Babylon fell we ought not be surprised to find such corruption throughout our societies. For those who want to protect themselves and their families, there is only one safe place as we near the end. Only in Christ will we be safe.  The poison in the wheat given to our pets reveals a serious flaw in our government agencies and the honesty of business. What happened to our pets is also happening to us. It is the same morality.
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« Reply #88 on: April 11, 2007, 04:53:00 PM »
With each announcement and press release, you would think that one would cease to be amazed. But it keeps coming and the amazement grows. We must be guarded at every side and as you say, Richard, Christ is the only answer. He is our only hope.
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« Reply #89 on: April 12, 2007, 12:06:00 AM »
Amen.  There is a glorious hope in the path.  Seeing these things unfold concerning government and merchants of the earth is awesome, as are spiritual unfoldments.  Untold hardship and trials are taking place, gaining, yet we see the promise of His eternal kingdom.  He will correct the misery and sadness all around.  He will wipe the tears and bring smiles to the faces of His children.  He is our loving Father Who will protect us and keep us for His Own.  Such an awesome promise fills me with joy and the events of this world, however tragic, do not cause depression in me.  They are only pains and trials, refinement necessary to save as many as will turn and come to Him.  Even so...come Lord Jesus!
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« Reply #90 on: April 12, 2007, 06:43:00 AM »
Absolutely, Stephen! The bad news keeps rolling in, the condition of merchants and governments who turn on the people are yet signs of His near appearing. We know these things must come to pass.

If we did not have His promises, that includes the sure word of prophecy, near hysteria would rein.

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

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« Reply #91 on: April 12, 2007, 01:20:00 PM »
Amen Brother Stephen. Five years ago I did not see the "merchants of the earth" the way I do today. The Bible says "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.  Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.  Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her."   Rev. 18:2-8.

This is what we see so plainly today as "conservatives" who profess to be moral push through economic plans that are returning America and the world back to the days of popes and kings. Babylon, the professing Christian church, has indeed fallen from her high estate. It is amazing to hear so many who profess to be moral approve of homosexual unions, legalized sodomy, monopolies, foreign ownership of corporations, the sale of dangerous drugs, the refusal to test cows for mad cow disease, the refusal to enforce immigration laws, etc. etc. What it says to me is that the "merchants of the earth" openly follow principles that are contrary to their high profession of Christian morality.

We are living in the very last days of Earth's history where the root of all evil is bearing sway in the world and even in that country that is depicted in the Bible as having had two horns like a lamb, but would one day speak as a dragon.  Bible prophecy is sure.

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« Reply #92 on: April 24, 2007, 07:28:00 PM »
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/23/eveningnews/main2719464.shtml

More questions in the news this evening ... read the section about inspectors - or lack of ... some only see an inspector every 10 years!

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« Reply #93 on: April 24, 2007, 09:30:00 PM »
I don't buy newspapers very often, but when I saw this article in the paper, I bought one. This is important for people to understand. Poisoned wheat and rice from China may indeed be in human food in the US and the world. We cannot rely upon government to protect us any longer. I don't think things will get any better. There is a lot of pressure to continue the push for a global economy to the detriment of the US consumer. There ought to be country of origin labeling, but my guess is that business interests will keep this from happening. Corruption abounds.

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« Reply #94 on: April 25, 2007, 08:04:00 AM »
I'm with you on this, Richard - world trade will take priority over safety.
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« Reply #95 on: June 02, 2007, 07:49:00 PM »
American globalism had led to more poisonous food coming across the borders. China is still Communist and does not have any thing that compares to the US standard for food safety. They do not have any morality either.

Pets have died, but most Americans do not understand the risk to them also. And, it is not just the US. Countries around the world are also importing foodstuff from China. This is very bad.

"China's growing influence as an exporter of fresh produce for human consumption. While China's overall exports of agricultural goods are relatively small, they're growing at a torrid pace. In the first three months of this year, imports of fresh fruit from China grew 279%, to $7.4 million; fresh vegetables grew 66%, to $32 million; and fruit and vegetable juices grew 98%, to $109 million."

"China's record with food imports isn't reassuring. Just last month, 107 food imports from China were detained by the Food & Drug Administration at U.S. ports, according to The Washington Post. Among them were dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical and mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides."  source

Few food imports from China are ever inspected.

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« Reply #96 on: June 02, 2007, 10:36:00 PM »
Well, the U.S. has some of the worst standards in the world. Worse than third world countries in some instances. This is shown by the fact that these unhealthy foods were allowed into the country in the first place.

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« Reply #97 on: February 07, 2008, 12:02:01 AM »
Is our food safe? How about school lunches, are they safe?  No!

Earlier this week, the Humane Society released hidden-camera video taken in a California slaughterhouse that has explosive potential. The Washington Post had the story first on Wednesday, before the video was officially released, and reporter Rick Weiss described it as showing:

    [W]orkers at a California slaughterhouse delivering repeated electric shocks to cows too sick or weak to stand on their own; drivers using forklifts to roll the ‘downer’ cows on the ground in efforts to get them to stand up for inspection; and even a veterinary version of waterboarding in which high-intensity water sprays are shot up animals’ noses....The footage was shot at Hallmark Meat Packing in Chino, California, which sells the meat to the Chino processor Westland Meat Company. In the last five years, Westland has sold over 100 million pounds of frozen ground beef to the USDA’s commodities program, which donates the food to school lunch programs.
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Video of Downers
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« Reply #98 on: February 07, 2008, 03:30:20 AM »
Animals are crowded into close cars, and are almost wholly deprived of air and light, food and water, and are carried thus thousands of miles, breathing the foul air arising from accumulated filth, and when they arrive at their place of destination, and are taken from the cars, many are in a half starved, smothered, dying condition, and if left alone, would die of themselves. But the butcher finishes the work, and prepares the flesh for market.  {2SM 418.3}

Animals are frequently killed that have been driven quite a distance for the slaughter. Their blood has become heated. They are full of flesh, and have been deprived of healthy exercise, and when they have to travel far, they become surfeited, and exhausted, and in that condition are killed for market. Their blood is highly inflamed, and those who eat of their meat, eat poison. Some are not immediately affected, while others are attacked with severe pain, and die from fever, cholera, or some unknown disease. Very many animals are sold for the city market, known to be diseased by those who have sold them, and those who buy them for the market are not always ignorant of the matter. Especially in larger cities this is practiced to a great extent, and meateaters know not that they are eating diseased animals.  {2SM 418.4}
     
Some animals that are brought to the slaughter seem to realize what is to take place, and they become furious, and literally mad. They are killed while in that state; and their flesh prepared for market. Their meat is poison, and has produced, in those who have eaten it, cramp, convulsions, apoplexy, and sudden death. Yet the cause of all this suffering is not attributed to meat. Some animals are inhumanly treated while being brought to the slaughter. They are literally tortured, and after they have endured many hours of extreme suffering, are butchered. Swine have been prepared for market even while the plague was upon them, and their poisonous flesh has spread contagious diseases, and great mortality has followed.--How to Live, No. 1, pp. 51-60.
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« Reply #99 on: February 07, 2008, 11:28:45 AM »
 A disposition to cause pain, whether to our fellowmen or to the brute creation, is satanic. Many do not realize that their cruelty will ever be known, because the poor dumb animals cannot reveal it. But could the eyes of these men be opened, as were those of Balaam, they would see an angel of God standing as a witness to testify against them in the courts above. A record goes up to heaven, and a day is coming when judgment will be pronounced against those who abuse God's creatures.--PP 443
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