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  • Everything We Love to Eat Is a Scam

    07/16/2016 11:41:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 10, 2016 | Maureen Callahan
    Among the many things New Yorkers pride ourselves on is food: making it, selling it and consuming only the best, from single-slice pizza to four-star sushi. We have fish markets, Shake Shacks and, as of this year, 74 Michelin-starred restaurants. Yet most everything we eat is fraudulent. In his new book, “Real Food Fake Food,” author Larry Olmsted exposes the breadth of counterfeit foods we’re unknowingly eating. After reading it, you’ll want to be fed intravenously for the rest of your life.
  • Chipotle to close all restaurants on Feb. 8 for food safety meeting

    01/15/2016 9:00:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | January 15, 2016 | Aaron Smith
    Chipotle is shutting down all its stores nationwide for a few hours next month to hold staff meetings about food safety. The meeting will occur on February 8.
  • Obama proposes new agency to make Americans’ food safer

    02/02/2015 1:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2015 4:34 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation’s food safe. The proposal in the president’s budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for bringing all those functions together in a single home. […] The budget proposes consolidating the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and all of FDA’s food safety oversight into one new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The new agency...
  • Vegan-Friendly OC Eatery Shut Down After Customers Fall Ill

    09/05/2014 2:49:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | September 5, 2014 1:33 PM | Ron Kilgore
    NEWPORT BEACH ( — Investigators with the Orange County Health Department were working Friday to determine what may have caused several people to get sick after eating at an upscale Newport Beach restaurant. KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports authorities say six diners came down with the intestinal bacteria Shigella after eating at the True Food The self-billed healthy living restaurant was shut down on Aug. 28 for two days over what county inspectors labeled an “imminent health risk” due to at least one confirmed case of Shigella. Following the closure, True Food reopened after the entire restaurant was sanitized and...
  • Food poisoning fells more than 100 at Maryland food safety summit

    04/29/2014 4:25:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/29/14 | Lindsay Dunsmuir- Reuters
    (Reuters) - A U.S. food safety summit in Maryland earlier this month has become a cautionary tale after more than 100 attendees came down with suspected food poisoning. Most of those affected complained of diarrhea, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. Local health officials have heard from about 400 of the 1,300 attendees and are at a loss as to the exact cause of their illness. The April 8-10 meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center included representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and food...
  • Chicken from China? Your Seafood is Already Being Processed There

    03/06/2014 1:12:01 PM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    Thanks to our petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given China’s appalling food safety record and the fact that there will be no on-site USDA inspectors in those plants. In addition, American consumers will never know that chicken processed in China is in foods like chicken soup or chicken nuggets because there’s no requirement to label it as such. One...
  • Are We Crazy? USDA To Label Chinese-Processed Chicken As ‘Made In America’

    10/22/2013 8:05:42 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 45 replies
    Economy In Crisis ^ | 9/17/2013 | Margaret Elkis
    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that four Chinese poultry processors have permission to begin shipping meat to the U.S. The nightmare for U.S. consumers? The Chinese-processed chicken will be labeled as ‘made in America!’ Even though the Chinese poultry processors are only allowed to ship cooked meat from U.S.-raised chickens, many in the United States are alarmed that our leaders would allow such a deal to go down in the first place. After all, China is notorious for its food safety problems. Concerns among the public are warranted when you consider that the CDC estimates 325,000 Americans...
  • Take the Liberal Brain Scan: Am I Sarcastic Now? How ‘Bout Now?

    10/06/2013 5:15:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | October 6, 2013 | John Ransom
    BDAtlanta wrote: Then maybe try to repeal it through a majority vote which is obtained through elections. Sorry you are such babies about this. Obamacare is the law, upheld by the Supreme court. last year's election solidified its standing with the majority (51%) of Americans backing the guy who was President when Obamacare was passed. Grow up. - Obamacare is Killing Us Dear Comrade BD, Yes, we are in the process of attempting to repeal it through a majority vote. That’s what elections are about. That’s what next year’s elections will be about for sure. Thanks for pointing that progressives...
  • Golden Corral Dumpster Video Shows Food Stored Outside by Garbage in Hot Florida Sun

    07/09/2013 12:05:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013 | SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    Employee Brandon Huber's viral video shows piles of raw meat sitting in the summer sun. And he says it is about to be served to buffet customers once the state inspection is over.The food is fit for flies. But instead, the rancid meat was being served to customers, a Golden Corral restaurant employee says in a shocking video. ‘I cook this food every day, and now I see what is involved into it,’ 21-year-old Brandon Huber says. ‘I cook this food every day, and now I see what is involved into it,’ 21-year-old Brandon Huber says. Brandon Huber's viral video...
  • Is Your Food Being 'Poisoned'?

    06/11/2013 3:59:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies ^ | June 11, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines "poison" as "a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed." The legal definition of the term is "any product or substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount." The medical condition of poisoning is even broader: It can be caused by substances that are not even legally required to carry the label "poison." Therefore, can food become poisonous? Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered...
  • Horse meat found in Ikea's Swedish meatballs

    02/25/2013 5:47:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
  • Trader Joe's recalls peanut butter

    09/23/2012 3:43:41 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    The grocery store chain Trader Joe's is recalling peanut butter that has been linked to 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states.
  • Monsanto Roundup weedkiller and GM maize implicated in ‘shocking’ new cancer study

    09/19/2012 5:31:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 123 replies
    The Grocer UK ^ | Septembe 19, 2012 | Elinor Zuke
    The world’s best-selling weedkiller, and a genetically modified maize resistant to it, can cause tumours, multiple organ damage and lead to premature death, new research published today reveals. In the first ever study to examine the long-term effects of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, or the NK603 Roundup-resistant GM maize also developed by Monsanto, scientists found that rats exposed to even the smallest amounts, developed mammary tumours and severe liver and kidney damage as early as four months in males, and seven months for females, compared with 23 and 14 months respectively for a control group.“This research shows an extraordinary number of...
  • Five Different Shelf Life Studies:Two on Canned Food and Three on Dry Food

    07/19/2012 10:56:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    Grandpappy.onfo ^ | Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
    fter granting permission, my Entire Food Shelf Life Summary Article was published in the Journal of Civil Defense, Volume 43, Issue Number 2, Year 2010. The Journal of Civil Defense has an extremely wide distribution and readership including all the Congressmen in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. Publisher's Mailing Address: The American Civil Defense Association, 11576 S. State Street, Suite 502, Draper, UT 84020 Publisher's Web Address:
  • GMO labeling measure receives prop number for November ballot

    07/14/2012 11:38:44 PM PDT · by quimby · 13 replies ^ | July 10, 2012 | Judson Parker
    California’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will be on November’s ballot as Proposition 37, according to proposition numbers released late yesterday by the California Secretary of State’s office. The Right to Know measure calls for labeling genetically engineered foods and, if passed, would be the first law in the United States requiring labeling of a wide range of genetically engineered foods. “Prop 37 is about our fundamental right to know what’s in the food we eat and feed our children,” said Stacy Malkan, a spokesperson for the California Right to Know campaign. “Given the broad support in the...
  • GMOs should be safety tested before they hit the market says AMA

    06/25/2012 6:37:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 19, 2012 | Monica Eng
    The American Medical Association called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods as part of a revised policy voted on at the AMA's meeting in Chicago Tuesday. Currently biotech companies are simply encouraged to engage in a voluntary safety consultation with the Food and Drug Administration before releasing a product onto the market. Some activists concerned about foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, had hoped the association would have gone so far as to support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. But some still view the policy change as a major breakthrough....On Tuesday, however, Monsanto spokesman...
  • China's Olympic runners raise chickens amid food fears: report(unwittingly doped)

    02/27/2012 3:03:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/23/12
    China's Olympic runners raise chickens amid food fears: report Thu, Feb 23 2012 SHANGHAI | Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:12pm EST (Reuters) - China's national marathon team, who are training for the London Olympics this summer, are raising their own chickens for food to avoid ingesting banned chemicals commonly found in meat in China, the Shanghai Daily reported on Friday. The athletes, who are training in China's southwestern province of Yunnan, are also procuring yak meat from local highland herdsman to avoid eating at local restaurants where banned additives are sometimes present in food. Clenbuterol, a banned chemical, is sometimes...
  • It's all about global food control

    12/19/2011 4:28:31 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 7 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Dec 19,2011 | Libertynotfree
    Excerpts: In accordance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon. According to NZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right. It...
  • Arrests Made in China ‘Gutter Oil’ Scandal

    09/16/2011 5:46:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/13/11
    September 13, 2011, 7:36 PM HKT. Arrests Made in China ‘Gutter Oil’ Scandal Police have arrested 32 people suspected of producing and selling old cooking oil that has been illegally collected from restaurant gutters, according to a Ministry of Public Security statement Tuesday (in Chinese). The statement said officials seized 100 tons of the recycled oil, which can contain carcinogens and other toxins that are harmful when consumed by humans. It said they also broke up a criminal network operating in 14 provinces and shut production sites where the oil is repurposed. The suspects were caught in a swill-oil crackdown...
  • Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

    08/15/2011 9:41:42 AM PDT · by fso301 · 83 replies
    Food Safety News ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | Andrew Schneider
    A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities. And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe following the widespread arrests and convictions of...
  • Japan to refrain from claiming safety of Japanese foods

    08/08/2011 12:25:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Japan to refrain from claiming safety of Japanese foods TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto has instructed his ministry to refrain from claiming the safety of Japanese foods, changing its stance after radiation-contamination beef was found to have been sold to consumers in Japan, sources close to the matter said Sunday. The change is due to discoveries of radiation-contaminated meat from cattle fed rice straw laden with radioactive cesium spewed from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
  • Obama's Plan: Divide, Demonize And Threaten

    06/29/2011 11:34:31 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 18 replies ^ | 06/29/11 | CaroleL
    In his press conference today President Barack Obama did what we'd expect more from a terrorist than the leader of the free world. He threatened that if we don't give him more money, the nation's food supply may be compromised. His exact words when answering a question about negotiations to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling: "If we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires...then that means we've got to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship. That means we've got to stop funding certain grants for medical research. That means that food safety...
  • Japan: Ministries divided over radioactive tea(is radioactive tea safe or not?)

    05/18/2011 9:01:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Ministries divided over radioactive tea The Yomiuri Shimbun Local farmers have been thrown into confusion after the health and farm ministries expressed differing views over shipments of tea harvested in Kanagawa Prefecture after fresh leaves were found to have exceeded government limits for radioactive cesium. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has been trying to restrict shipments of tea leaves from the prefecture about 300 kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant due to health concerns. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, however, has claimed that despite the high levels of radioactive material, drinking tea made from the...
  • Top 10 Chinese Food Scandals

    04/30/2011 4:49:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 04/27/11 | Peter Foster
    Top 10 Chinese Food Scandals The massive stockpile of melamine-tainted milk powder seized from Chinese warehouses is the latest in a long line of food scandals. Here are 10 others: By Peter Foster, Beijing 11:00AM BST 27 Apr 2011 Melamine Milk scandal Toxic Bean-sprouts Pesticide-drenched ‘yard-long’ beans Leather milk ‘Aluminium’ dumplings Glow-in-the-dark pork ‘Lean meat powder’ pork Toxic take-away boxes ‘Sewer’ oil ‘Cadmium’ rice
  • China: Mystery of the 'glowing' pork(blue glow in the dark)

    04/12/2011 6:39:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Shanghai Daily ^ | 2011-4-8 | Angela Xu
    Mystery of the 'glowing' pork BLUE pork, now that sounds tasty. A Shanghai resident found the pork she bought was giving off a "blue fluorescence" at night. Food safety experts said the blue light may have been caused by a photobacterium that contaminated the pork. They added that the pork would not harm people's health if it was well cooked. The resident surnamed Chen, who lives in Gaohang Town in the Pudong New Area, bought a kilogram of pork from a market on Yanggao Road N. on Tuesday. She used some of the pork to make dumplings that night and...
  • Heavy Metal: 12 Million Tons of Chinese Rice Contaminated

    02/27/2011 8:23:18 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 108 replies ^ | 2/23/11
    Ugh. Hong Kong's English daily South China Morning Post has a distinctly unsavory dispatch from the Chinese media this morning: Government scientists have released research that millions of acres of Chinese agricultural land and over 12 million tons of Chinese grain are contaminated by toxic metal pollution, according to this week's edition of the China Economic Weekly, a state-run magazine. Last week, a separate article reported that 10% of Chinese rice contained excess cadmium, a heavy metal known to cause cancer.

    01/05/2011 9:39:43 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    National Health Federation ^ | 12-21-2010 | news release
    Once again, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with her sidekicks Waxman and Dingell, has used legislative "sleight-of-hand" to force through the “Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act” (H.R.2751) with S.510 attached. Just today, the Bill passed on a vote of 215 For and 144 Against. It is rich irony indeed that the "Cash for Clunkers" reauthorization bill (H.R.2751) has provided the ride for S.510, another “clunker” that will unleash an avalanche of useless, business-killing paperwork upon the food industry and a swarm of parasitic FDA bureaucrats. The result will be, as we have said all along, a food...
  • Food Fight: Will the Federal Government Control Our Food?

    12/30/2010 8:29:09 AM PST · by opentalk · 35 replies · 58+ views
    Big Government ^ | December 30, 2010 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Amidst the hustle and bustle of the “lame duck” Congress, another law was passed that didn’t quite get the same media coverage as the Bush tax extension “package,” the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the new START treaty. The Food Safety Modernization Act was not steeped in the same level of popular controversy as these other pieces of legislation. Nevertheless, its passage may affect our daily lives even more than these, and in a rather stealth manner. Yes, the week before Christmas, the 111th Congress of the United States gave Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • 'All Americans Must Die' Written On Plant Wall (Tyson in Shelbyville, TN)

    12/23/2010 8:41:31 PM PST · by radu · 97 replies · 2+ views
    Channel 4 - Nashville ^ | Deanna Lambert
    The Shelbyville chief of police and a former Tyson employee confirmed that threatening messages surfaced this week, leading to extra security at the plant. "A couple days ago, they had a terrorist threat that was written on the bathroom walls that said 'all Americans must die,'" said a woman, who said she wanted to remain anonymous to protect her relative, who works inside the plant. She said that she didn't see the writing herself but is aware of what's going on from others. "One day last week, someone set the women's bathroom on fire, and they finally put a security...
  • Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food

    12/20/2010 4:44:47 PM PST · by Velveeta · 98 replies · 6+ views
    CBS News ^ | 12/20/2010 | Armen Keteyian
    Exclusive: The Dept. of Homeland Security Uncovered a Plot to Attack Hotels and Restaurants Over a Single Weekend In this exclusive story, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports the latest terror attack to America involves the possible use of poisons - simultaneous attacks targeting hotels and restaurants at many locations over a single weekend. A key Intelligence source has confirmed the threat as "credible." Department of Homeland Security officials, along with members of the Department of Agriculture and the FDA, have briefed a small group of corporate security officers from the hotel and restaurant industries about it. "We...
  • Senate passes food safety bill, again

    12/20/2010 4:46:16 AM PST · by FromLori · 31 replies · 1+ views
    NewsFirst5 ^ | 12/19/2010
    The Senate has passed a sweeping bill to make food safer, sending it to the House in the waning days of Congress. This is the second time the Senate has passed the bill, which would give the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. The chamber passed the bill for the first time three weeks ago, but it was caught in a constitutional snag when senators mistakenly included tax provisions that are by law supposed to originate in the House. The version of the legislation passed by the Senate...
  • Food Safety Bill Lives

    12/20/2010 4:31:23 AM PST · by FromLori · 7 replies
    WOKV ^ | 12/19/2010 | Jamie Dupree
    A major food safety bill that had almost been given up for dead was suddenly revived in the Senate late on Sunday evening, and may be ready for House approval as early as Tuesday. In a parliamentary move laid out on the Senate floor by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just after 7pm, the Senate took the food safety language that was passed as part of a stop-gap budget plan by the House, attached it to another House-passed bill and approved that by unanimous consent. A Democratic Senate aide told me that Republicans did not object to the plan, even...
  • China: Tainted hotpots 'common'(arsenic, lead, poppy trace)

    12/16/2010 3:31:05 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Global Times ^ | December 16, 2010 | Huang Jingjing
    Tainted hotpots 'common' * Source: Global Times * [08:09 December 16 2010] By Huang Jingjing Food safety has once again drawn negative attention amid claims that many flavoring ingredients served in popular hotpot dishes at restaurants contain harmful chemical additives, according to insiders. "Eighty percent of hotpots served at (restaurants) contain such chemical additives," said Wang, a chef who recently quit from a hotpot restaurant due to guilty feelings over the practice, the Anhui Business Daily reported Tuesday. A restaurant owner named Xu made a damning claim, saying he never eats hotpots at his restaurant because boiling the chemical additives...
  • S.510 “Hitched” A Ride On Massive Budget Bill, 1984 Is Here

    12/09/2010 4:57:42 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 12 replies ^ | 12-9-2010 | Alex
    Democrats passed a massive budget bill late Wednesday night. The bill narrowly passed by a 212-206 vote. “A widely backed food safety bill is hitching a ride on the legislation. The measure passed the Senate by a 73-25 vote last week but got caught in a snag because it contained revenue provisions that, under the Constitution, must originate in the House.” Yahoo News That’s right, S.510 has apparently HITCHED a ride on the budget bill that was passed during a late night session. Our food freedom has possibly been destroyed by the lame duck congress and their big agriculture masters....
  • Democrats attempt to revive food safety bill

    12/08/2010 9:38:14 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | December 8th | MARY CLARE JALONICK (D-NY)
    WASHINGTON -- Food safety legislation stalled by a constitutional snag could be revived as part of a giant year-end budget bill. The bill to increase the Food and Drug Administration's powers to keep food safe stalled after overwhelmingly passing the Senate last week. House Democrats said after it passed that the bill contains fees that are considered tax provisions, which under the Constitution must originate in the House.
  • Target looks into (dead)mouse in (maple)syrup claim - EWWWWWW!

    12/03/2010 9:50:45 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 12/03/10 | Paul Walsh - Staff Reporter
    Target said Friday that it's taking seriously a woman's claim that a dead mouse stuck at the bottom of her store-brand pancake syrup bottle got there during the manufacturing process. Rena Snyder, 36, of Dassel, Minn., said she made the discovery Tuesday morning while eating waffles and syrup at her mother's house in nearby Cokato. The 24-ounce Market Pantry Light syrup was bought by her mother at a Target store in Hutchinson. Snyder, who is expecting a baby late this month, said she came down with an intestinal illness for more than a day after eating the syrup. Target representatives...
  • Food Safety Bill Passes Senate, But Constitutional Mistake Makes It Dead In The House

    12/02/2010 5:38:27 AM PST · by ChrisBoundsTX · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Liberty Juice ^ | 12/02/2010 | Chris Bounds
    It is times like these you know Harry Reid is thinking “that Constitution is such a pesky thing.” After spending its very limited time on a largely unknown bill that Democrats would have touted as a major success, it turns out that they overlooked one tiny little problem in the bill. Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution states that tax increases must come from the House of Representatives. Unfortunately for Reid and Senate Democrats Section 107 of bill S510 includes fees that are designated as revenue raisers. That is political talk for a tax. Since that right is held...
  • It’s Official – Our Leaders Have Lost Their Freaking Minds…

    12/01/2010 4:15:33 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 20 replies ^ | 12-1-2010 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    I tuned into the news this morning as I usually do and just stood there in slack-jawed awe at the utter insanity being foisted on Americans. Sure, you shake yourself and hope you’ll wake up… But then you realize that this isn’t a nighttime terror, it’s a real life horror and the inmates are officially ruling the asylum. I’d just like to ask the Republicans one question… Have you lost your ever-loving, freaking minds? What the hell is wrong with you? Tell me this isn’t suicidal insanity – please: 1. Republicans are now getting ready to support the START Treaty....
  • Senate passes new food police bill: Roll call vote 73-25 (15 R's vote yea)

    11/30/2010 9:01:45 AM PST · by kara2008 · 158 replies · 4+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/29/2010 | Michelle Malkin
    I mentioned last week that a new Big Foodie bill opposed by a diverse coalition of limited government activists, small family farmers, and left-leaning “locovores” was coming down the pike.Today, I’m disappointed to tell you, the regulatory expansion bill masquerading as a “safety” measure passed by a large margin — with stomach-turning Republican support.Here’s the roll call vote.The 15 power-grabby Republicans who voted for it:Alexander (R-TN) Brown (R-MA) Burr (R-NC) Collins (R-ME) Enzi (R-WY) Grassley (R-IA) Gregg (R-NH) Johanns (R-NE) Kirk (R-IL) LeMieux (R-FL) Lugar (R-IN) Murkowski (R-AK) Snowe (R-ME) Vitter (R-LA) Voinovich (R-OH)The Senate bill must be reconciled with...
  • Upton's Shocking Votes on Energy-Related Bills

    11/29/2010 8:02:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    This week marks the beginning of the end of the long national nightmare known as the 111th Congress.  Republicans were given a second chance—by default—through a national effort to stop the destructive Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda. House Republicans are poised to begin making the same kind of business-as-usual mistakes that relegated the party to minority status in 2006.  The most glaring example is the looming threat of having Rep. Fred Upton (RINO-Mich.) become chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, despite his liberal voting record, simply because he’s next in line.  If there is one thing voters made absolutely clear...
  • Food Safety Bill Will Not Make Food Safer, Will Increase Food Costs and Budget Deficit

    11/29/2010 12:32:13 PM PST · by JimPrevor · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 29, 2010 | Jim Prevor
    Today, the Senate is likely to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (S510). But the bill is little more than an enormous grant of money and power to the Food and Drug Administration and a lot of reporting burdens imposed on the private sector. Those who favor a smaller, leaner government should oppose it. Advocates for the bill point out that we need “change” as the food safety system is built mostly on laws passed over seventy years ago. They would like to transform the FDA from what they perceive as a mostly reactive agency – dealing...
  • S510 Will Steal The Food From Your Mouth!(Richard Burr Co-sponsor!)

    11/20/2010 8:58:47 PM PST · by Copernicus · 35 replies
    John Jacob H’s RKBA Commentary ^ | 11/21/10 | John Jacob H’s RKBA Commentary
    If you like the IRS you will love the new Food Safety Act Regulations whose passage will apparently break land speed records in the Lame Duck session of Congress. Here at JohnJacobH Blog and Commissary we heard of our first food raid nearly two years ago. Yup. SWAT team, guns drawn, the works. Really. The criminals- a couple of women in their 20′s and some children who ranged in age from infancy to teenager were terrorized at gunpoint for several hours while officials packed up a YEAR’S supply of food and hauled it off to parts unknown. Did I mention...
  • Vote On the Motion to Proceed S.510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FDA Food Takeover)

    11/21/2010 5:02:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 59 replies
    Thomas Register ^ | November 18, 2010 | Thomas Register
    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111thCongress - 2nd Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the SenateVote Summary Question: On the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Proceed to S. 510 ) Vote Number: 251 Vote Date: November 18, 2010, 05:59 PM Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Motion to Proceed Agreed to Measure Number: S. 510 (FDA Food Safety Modernization Act ) Measure Title: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply. Vote Counts: YEAs 57...
  • Food Safety Bill Gets Post-Turkey Day Vote (There's still time: won't vote until after Thanks..)

    11/20/2010 7:34:48 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | Nov. 19, 2010 | April Fulton
    Just about the time you're tucking into your Thanksgiving leftovers, the Senate will get around to a final vote on the food safety bill. By Thursday night in the Capitol, it was all about negotiating with the lone hold-out, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).Coburn had threatened to hold up the food safety bill to get a vote to ban spending on lawmaker's pet projects, a.k.a. an "earmarks" ban. And eventually, he got that assurance. [snip] The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration more authority to recall tainted foods and increase inspections, as well as put new produce safety requirements...
  • Food Safety Bill s510: Good or Bad News?

    11/20/2010 4:46:25 AM PST · by don-o · 68 replies
    Integrative Nutrition Blog ^ | November 18, 2010
    The Food Safety Bill s510, considered both influential and controversial, was just passed in the Senate. This comes almost a year and a half after the House passed a bill calling to tighten the nation’s food safety rules. It will be the first time in 70 years that the FDA’s food safety system will be modernized. The bill will permit the FDA to increase inspections of food producers, track fruit and vegetable shipments and place stricter manufacturing standards to attempt to avoid outbreaks of contamination. Some highly respected health experts are in fact on both sides of the debate—Michael Pollan...

    11/19/2010 4:31:27 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 18 replies ^ | 11-19-2010 | AJ
    $1.6 Billion and 18,000 additional government employees for S.510, the Food Safety bill, are up for a vote in the Senate any time within the next 60 days. S.510 is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation thus far. Since 2008, the Obama administration has increased the FDA budget by 135% to an astounding $4.03 Billion and yet Senators want to add another $1.6 Billion and double the number of employees. Why? Is our government trying to institute fascist control over our nation’s food supply? You decide. “If accepted, [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own,...
  • Senate advances bill to overhaul food safety

    11/18/2010 3:12:13 AM PST · by don-o · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2010 | Lyndsey Layton
    The Senate moved forward Wednesday on long-awaited legislation that would overhaul the nation's food safety system, grant new powers to the Food and Drug Administration and make farmers and processors responsible for preventing food-borne illness. snip Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), himself a farmer, negotiated language into the bill late Wednesday to exempt small farmers who have annual sales of less than $500,000 and sell the majority of their product directly to consumers, restaurants and retailers in their state or nearby.
  • First Health Care, Next the Food Supply (7 GOP Senate Sponsors of another Crap Sandwich-2 from GA)

    11/17/2010 7:59:54 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 17, 2010 | Michael Geer
    Introduced by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the bill has moved through the usual phases of amalgamation and deal-making. The monstrosity advancing to the floor on Wednesday is not so much "food safety" as it is the decadence of the rights of small farmers, hobbyist food producers, garden-variety farmers markets, and your average small producer of foodstuffs. Under the rubric of safety, this Senate proposes a bill that establishes such new and sweeping powers over how you and I produce and consume foodstuffs that even the Pew Charitable Trusts are calling S510 a clear and present danger.
  • First Health Care, Next the Food Supply

    11/17/2010 2:09:17 AM PST · by Scanian · 183 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 17, 2010 | Michael Geer
    Just because the duck is lame doesn't mean it can't still do terrible damage to American freedom. Our new Congress, especially the new House, isn't yet seated, and this current Congress can still wreak terrible havoc on our rights if not stopped. Case in point: Senate Bill 510, believed to be coming to the floor Wednesday, November 17 (pending). This is the food safety version of ObamaCare. Reading the thing will make your head hurt for all its cognitive dissonance. Trying to winnow out its complexity and hidden empowerments is stultifying. Introduced by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the bill has...
  • Why Senator Dianne Feinstein Should Be Held Accountable in Egg Recall

    09/04/2010 8:01:44 PM PDT · by JunkScienceMom · 11 replies
    Truth or Scare ^ | September 3, 2010 | JunkScienceMom
    A month before the massive salmonella outbreak in eggs was discovered, one Democratic politician was warning another Democrat of the inherent dangers of holding up the "Food Safety Enhancement Act," legislation which very well could have reduced the harm of such an outbreak. A recall on eggs nationwide was announced after hundreds of people were sickened by salmonella that was found on the shells of the eggs. One benefit of the Food Safety Enhancement Act is that it will allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to order a mandatory recall of foods that are suspected to be tainted. Currently,...