Skip to comments.Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate
Posted on 09/08/2012 3:00:42 PM PDT by george76
Because of the importance of the US market, chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland are submitting to Uncle Sams intrusion in their factories but they are not happy about it.
The fact that a foreign authority is involved in our Swiss businesses is unseemly, Daniel Bloch, of Chocolats Camille Bloch, told Handelszeitung, the German-language business journal.
The newspaper has discovered that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to inspect 21 chocolate factories and 18 dairies in Switzerland.
The move is part of the implementation of Americas Food Safety Modernization Act, new legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama last year that aims, among other things, to combat bioterrorism.
the planned inspections appear to go well beyond health issues to include such details as sales, ownership, employees and the size of company buildings.
We ask ourselves, what is the real reason for the FDA inspections
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Mooshelle says: no Godiva chocolate for Americans.
Its the ‘free traitors’ that set this up.
They despise sovereignty of nations, including our own.
Well, the Swiss don’t want a fight, so I guess they’ll be willing to lose their US sales in order to not ruffle the Obamas’ feathers.
But... if the Obama’s take away my right to eat chocolate I will not be at all happy.
The fact that the FDA exists is unseemly.
Hands off the Godiva guys.
The FDA should be so fussy about the ‘food’ that comes out of China!
Instead when plastic was found in pet food ingredients, an acceptable level of melamine was set.
What's to stop other countries from using this as a precedent to "inspect" USA businesses?
For a few more months.
Then the civil suits can begin.
And the discovery process.
Free traders want free trade. These intrusions are clearly anti-trade.
The Ministry has increased the chocolate ration from 25 grams to 15 grams per week...
Is that "inspect" as in SWAT-style "down on the ground m*therf*cker or we'll blow your f*cking head off!", or rather the more fun-trip Obama Mandarin-style "inspect" as in "oh, could I sample a few more of those delicious truffel pralines, and please do send a few boxes to our five-star hotel post-haste"?
If we can prevent just one more child from dying as a result eating uninspected chocolate, then it is worth the inconvenience. /S
I guess that's one way for government employees to get their holiday shopping in Europe done.
Why don’t the Swiss just say bugger off?
It’s our chocolate, we will make it the way we want, you don’t like it buy something else.
Mooschelle vs. The Swiss... should be interesting
The Food Safety and Modernization Act was passed with a huge majority in the Senate (73-25) and sizeable majority in Congress (215-144). Its the kind of big government that Republicans like to vote for too.
If you believe that having FDA bureaucrats running around the world visiting food factories, having the FDA require family farms to implement “food safety procedures” or giving the FDA unilateral power to shut-down food makers is going to lead to cheaper food or won’t politicize the food industry, as we have seen with housing, healthcare and education - then good luck!
If the Swiss don’t mind ruining a batch of chocolate, they should feel free to show these inspectors the chocolate from the very bottom of the vat.
I thought our al-Qaeda member, sleeper cell, president didn’t want the USA to be so arrogant! This seems pretty arrogant to me.
Or maybe Odumbo Mugumbo wants to be known as the chocolate president aka NO, LA.
First up, China. Want to sell widgets or computer chips to China? Sorry, you will need an inspection.
I guess the community organizer has run out of American businesses to "shake down" for payoffs.
That harassment to Gibson guitars in Tennessee comes to mind.
The Swiss government should intervene to stop this now, and should have never tolerated it in the first place. Clearly, this has little or nothing to do with food safety, which means that something nefarious is going on.
By WTO rules, the US would have to prove that an imported product arriving in the US is unsafe before they could ban it. To demand inspection rights should raise red flags.
This is what happens when you hire lawyers to do food inspection instead of Sanitation/public health inspectors. The FDA is rancid with dishonest inspectors. I’d look real hard, there is some money going under the table somewhere. Look at the Senate Investigations of 1975 on fraud within the Army food inspectors, the USDA, and the APHIS.
The USPS for many years has had a presort verification auditor going up to Quebecor to verify processes they use to prepare mailings for the American market ~ if they pass that means the tens of millions of dollars in postage they pay in postage are being correctly computed (given the type, class, indicia and weight of the mail involved in a given mailing).
Come to think of it, as of late, the FDA and USDA seem to be obsessed with dairy products. The crackdown on the raw milk producers is just the tip of the iceberg to this.
Thinking beyond the pure authoritarian aspects of this, I wonder if something is going on that is frightening them?
The last “milk crisis” I’m aware of was when after nuclear atmospheric tests in Russia, because of the jet stream, suddenly Strontium-90 started pouring out of the sky onto middle America, where it showed up in cow’s milk.
The US immediately pushed for the atmospheric test ban treaty with the Soviet Union.
The fact that a foreign authority is involved in our Swiss businesses is unseemly, Daniel Bloch, of Chocolats Camille Bloch...”
It sounds like the inspection process/placement of American inspectors was unbeknownst to the owner (?) of the Swiss company as well.
Who’s questioning Swiss chocolate standards? Some guys in Hershey PA or from Mars?
Believe it or don’t but I do it all the time. Foreign governments routinely inspect stuff before shipment
I take it these inspections will occur just prior to/after the election, say, Octoberfest? Christmas shopping season?
Global World sneaking up.
Let's say Switzerland says the ingredients must be heated to 100 degrees C for 10 minutes ~ and an entry was placed in the data base ~ how do you know the data entry personnel were trained and the computers were capable of properly recording the entry.
This stuff is just basic quality control ~ everybody does it ~ and the cheapest way to insert quality control for processed food and food byproducts is AT THE FACTORY. Downstream validation where you pull a candy bar and eat it is rather expensive compared to this more modern approach.
Wonder what the African cocoa growers think of Herr Block’s agents wandering around the cocoa groves checking on the quality of the trees?
The good news is that you can buy Dutch processed cocao in bulk and make your own confections with American milk.
The Swiss have every right to be upset. This is not the first intrusion by US authorities. That was in the area of bank accounts held by US Persons.
Big and Bigger government knows no bounds until something stops it. As a US citizen, I am embarrassed at the actions of my government. We would rebuke the Swiss if they sought to extend Swiss law to any US business activity. Fair is fair. US law must stop at the water’s edge.
As long as there are muzzies in The Schweiz, I’m down with inspections.
Yep. Just went through the poison dog food a month ago. I asked my niece to pick up food for Rosie, my rottie/shepherd mix. She got some off-brand and Rose got sick,she did not want to move. The crap is still in the stores. I fill containers with the food, so my niece did it for me, then threw away the bag. I really wanted the bag, so I could go after these bustards.
I remember being in Norway and buying a chocolate bar at a corner store for the equivalent of a quarter and thinking it was the most amazing piece of chocolate I had ever eaten. It didn't have that sugar and wax taste that most American "chocolate" has.
Now, Obama knows more about chocolate than the Swiss!
Is there anything he can’t do?!
This is the same fellow who was making noises about how the USA shouldn’t be a global bully?
Make up your mind Barack.
It ain’t over till the naked lady sings.
Like so many bills passed by congress without full comprehension the stupes are oblivious to unintended consequences.
Not from the perspective of the free trade policy makers.
Tell the “inspctors” to buzz off, and if they don’t like Swiss chocolate, they can eat sh*t.
And here I thought the Swiss were an independent people.
I saw the leading edge of this coming while we were still farming.
The USDA starting sending out circulars to farmers, telling us to control access to our properties more tightly. They had daydreams that terrorists were going to infiltrate the US food supply at the sources.
I told an APHIS honcho back then that this was silly in the extreme. The best way to terrorize the US food supply would simply be to import BSE and FMD from foreign countries... and then I pointed out to her that we’d already done the former from Canada - several times.
It will simply be a matter of time before FMD comes into the US - probably from South America, and it will be one of the champions of “free trade” in the agri-processing companies (think of ConAgra, Smithville, et al) pushing for faster/leaner/easier inspections at ports of entry - which is why they want to push this stuff upstream.
When, not if, FMD arrives here... you’re going to see some real crap hit the fan, fast.
If the USDA were actually concerned about this stuff, they’d get off their lazy asses and start inspecting foodstuffs being imported into the US the way the Japanese do. When the Japanese inspect foodstuffs, they really inspect them. Some of my neighbors exported timothy hay to Japan for Japanese racehorse - ie, this hay wasn’t actually in the human food chain. Didn’t matter. The Japanese inspected every container that came into the US. If they found pests in the hay that they specifically forbade in their import restrictions, they’d box the cargo container back up and ship the hay back across the Pacific to the farmer - at the farmer’s cost.
The US could learn about airport security from the Israelis and food safety from the Japanese.
The solution is to inspect here, on US soil, where we have full control.
If the imported products don’t meet our specifications for safety and purity, then we tell the shipper: “Take it back, we’re refusing entry to this product.”
Simple. We used to do it all the time.
Ah, but this is too expensive for the “free trade uber alles” crowd, who want “economic efficiency” above all else. They contend that we must inspect at the source, so as to eliminate the possibility that there would be a wasted shipping turn on the products because of destination country rejection.
My attitude is different. I say that we should inspect imports here, on US soil, with full control of the situation. If the products don’t pass our inspections, we turn the shipment around and send it back to the producer on the other end, and *at their expense*, not ours.
After a year or so of this policy, no one will export anything to the US that doesn’t meet our standards, because the mere act of refusal will be tantamount to a fine and penalty. Exporters to the US would double down on their inspections and conformance testing to be sure that they got by our inspectors.
That’s just too much for the “free trade uber alles” crowd. They’d rather see your dog, kids or even your entire family die... just as long as they minimize costs.
My cynical side thinks that the inspectors will go away once the Swiss manufacturers make some campaign contributions.
You're right that the free traitors will scream like stuck pigs if you suggest that we subject chinese products coming in to the same red tape we subject domestic products. Of course the FDA is more interested in doing Monsanto's bidding and going after anybody who produces non-toxic food, than actually inspecting the foreign and big-ag poison being sold as food to Americans.