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18 November 2009


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Carol V

I think a good start...but traceability is important to more than fruits and vegs...for example the recent ecoli beef recall in the northeast that all could not be accounted for--most probably thought the "vendors" were mentioned but the reprocessing of the beef went to other unamed sources...and this still does not address the trouble with the USDA that I read about at Dr Nestle's blog.. http://www.foodpolitics.com/2009/11/want-safe-meat-make-usda-do-its-job/

Unless the USDA or the FDA has authority to tell companies what they have to test for..I see no forward progress in that..

I so want to see some steps to a safer food supply...so I'll stop here and can't wait to read some other's comments that I have learned to respect here...

Gina Spadafori

I like the mandatory recall provision. The rest seems a lot of industry-negotiated BS.

Carol V

and in case you don't know the latest.. (no inspection forced this recall)



WASHINGTON, November 17, 2009 - Thrive Foods, a Lindon, Utah, establishment, is recalling approximately 3,790 pounds of assorted meat and poultry products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.


Well, it sounds nice. Problem is, we know that current regulations aren't being enforced, and industry is given every opportunity to circumvent scrutiny and avoid consequences. However, I *am* glad that the bill includes provisions to raise money for regulation from the industry. Seems to me it's a baby step - a baby hamster sized step - but it's in the right direction anyway.


It's a good start. For what we pay for food, you'd think that someone would be monitoring it. Then again, they can't monitor our financial establishments :)

Sandi K

I also like the part about FDA possibly getting recall authority. I havent read the legislation but my concern is does it specify that animal and pet food manufacturers are included? Because if it doesnt, we all know they will be jumping thru that loophole faster than you can say melamine....

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