Saturday, August 1, 2009
National Defense and Food Safety
The Peanut Corporation of America has been accused of shipping peanut butter lathered with salmonella, a bacteria that caused at least eight deaths, from a plant where corporate managers knew about the contamination but never reported those findings to the Food and Drug Administration. Spinach coated with animal feces spread by feral swine and contaminated with deadly E.coli 0157 bacteria, killing at least three people, came from a California ranch that wasn't following the agricultural practices promulgated by the FDA.
Even less regulated than U.S. corporate food production facilities are foreign sources such as the Xuzhou Anying Biological Technology Development in China where the toxic chemical melamine was intentionally mixed into the wheat gluten to bolster the apparent protein content of pet food, killing pet dogs and cats in America. What an excellent scheme for terrorists seeking to attack our nations food supply and kill millions of innocent citizens -- just poison foodstuffs to be imported and distributed in the United States.
The U.S. House of Representatives acted on Thursday to pass the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. It authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to require country of origin labeling on food and annual registration of importers, to require implementation of a food safety plan, to establish a corps of inspectors dedicated to inspections of foreign food facilities, and to order an immediate cessation of distribution, or a recall, of food.
You won't read it in the local newspapers, but Congressman John Boozman (R-AR3) voted against it. Who does thus guy really represent? Who can we get to represent us for a change?