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10 January 2009

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straybaby

"fundamentally broken" is the new understatement :)



Credit goes to Lou Dobbs for the attention to the issue. I was flipping news channels at the top of the hour and hit his just right when he was doing the teaser for this. Then I googled:



http://www.google.com/search?q=FDA+scientists+to+Obama&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a



letter was sent 2 days ago and it took an off chance I heard about it?! Not good.



seems like this story could get legs if we give it a push ;) (pet sites, mommy sites) Especially since we have a wee bit of a salmonella issue right now (was this kept on the downlow because it followed the tomato/whatever issue so closely?) and they are still finding melamine in milk by-products. Get ready for Soy to get a headline soon . . .



Great image. Local news had a "just wash your hands before/after food" segment tonight in regards to salmonella. They did the pets/pet food issue, but also let us know our food was just as bad. YUM!



Timely aside for me . . . CSA mtg tomorrow at 2pm! Oh how I love my farmers!!! I may actually have to do that ol' "walking through the snow to get there" routine. Not so bad usually in the city, but even if it is, I'll do it happily! If anyone is looking for a CSA in your area for this harvest season, NOW is the time to sign up!! (mine already has a wait list!) Here's a starting point for looking for local food/CSAs/farmers Markets/etc



http://www.localharvest.org/

Carol V

Maybe Dr Nestle can arrange for a lunch meeting with the new prez.....and she can bring a melamine detection test and use it on all of the food she is served! (just daydreaming)....

Dorene

Over at Change.gov where you can vote on questions, the one about overhauling the FDA is getting a decent number of clicks.



Go here:



http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions20081229/



and then go through the "Energy & Environment" section.



I agree with one of the questioners that "Agriculture" should have had its own heading, but at this point, we take what we can get.



It's pretty easy to register and I had a fun time answering questions in about 1/2 of the categories.

straybaby

Dorene, thanks for the link. I'll pass it around ;)

Colorado Transplant

I got Dr. Nestle's book on "Pet Food Politics".



How painful were the memories of the pet food crises!



Dr. Nestle's description of that time were very accurate, naming all the sources of the tainted food and all the brands affected.



However, I remember the first moment of shock when I heard the news on the radio. All the deluxe brands I fed my beloved cats--recalled. All the ones I wanted to feed them--recalled.



Total nightmare it was, and so painful to remember. However, Dr. Nestle's book shines a huge spotlight on the nightmarish betrayal of the trust I had before that these pet food companies knew the best nutritional elements.



Instead, my cats were heavily poisoned, as were so many other cats and dogs. I am still seething and it never goes away.

Barbara A. Albright

Excerpt from Whistleblowers Protection Act:



A]ny disclosure of information” that a covered employee “reasonably

believes” evidences “a violation of any law, rule, or regulation” or evidences “gross

mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and

specific danger to public health or safety” is protected on the condition that the

disclosure is not prohibited by law nor required to be kept secret by Executive

Order.



Every state also has its form of "No Fear or Whistleblowers Protection"...unfortunately, not enough brave souls take advantage of it.

The OTHER Pat

However, if the prevailing corporate culture does not support whistleblowers, then those in power can and will find other ways to exact retribution.

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