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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting today on just how little response the two most recent episodes of Salmonella in peanut butter (first at ConAgra Foods last year and now at Peanut Corporation of America’s plant) which have combined to sicken thousands and kill more than half a dozen has generated on the part of the FDA and the federal government at large. The article points out how the FDA shares food oversight responsibilities with the USDA (aka Department of Agriculture) and how the USDA gets more than two thirds of the federal budget for inspecting food productions, leaving the FDA underfunded and inadequate
Food companies including Sara Lee Corp , ConAgra Foods Inc , Perdue Farms Inc and others are being investigated for possible fraud and corruption in supplying the U.S. military in Iraq,
America’s largest microwave popcorn maker, ConAgra Foods Inc is changing therecipe for its Orville Redenbacher and Act II brands of popcorn. The change comes after a doctor at one of the top lung research hospitals sent out a warning letter to federal regulators that consumers might be at risk from cancer causing fumes given off be the buttery flavoring in microwave popcorn.
Conagra has long known of this risk, many of it’s own factory workers have come down with lung cancer after breathing in the chemical during the manufacturing process
Nationalization and globalization are killing everyone and everything. Local focus is where should be living, working and consuming.
This summer's ConAgra recall raises questions not only about the nation's food safety rules but also about the USDA's competence to enforce them. The USDA conducts its random tests for E. coli O157:H7 at wholesale and retail locations, not at the gigantic slaughterhouses where the meat is usually contaminated. By the time the USDA discovers tainted meat, it's already being distributed.
My Second question is: At what point do we, as consumers, start punishing companies who have these issues? And I don't mean simply stop buying Peter Pan peanut butter (which will occur anyways, by virtue of the recent salmonella news stories). I mean the collective "we" figuring out "Well huh, these guys kinda suck when it comes to producing safe food for consumption. Not only will we stop eating their Peter Pan peanut butter, but also their Orville Redenbacher Popcorn, their Reddi-Whip Whipped cream, their Slim Jim's, ad infinitum and (literally) ad nauseum.Sadly, I don't think the answer to the second question is "soon".
Most people probably aren't even aware of Conagra, let alone the products they sell.
ConAgra Inc. has agreed to spend more than $3.5 million --$1 million in a cash penalty and the rest for environmental improvements -- to settle a complaint in federal court alleging that ConAgra's Armour Fresh Meats slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Nampa, Idaho, committed more than 600 violations of the Clean Water Act between 1992 and 1996.
The cooperative, which represents about 300 potato growers in Idaho, alleges that ConAgra Lamb Weston terminated grower contracts that it approved earlier in the year. At the same time, cooperative officials say, company field men asked growers individually to sign joint-venture contracts that would give ConAgra greater control of their operations and undermining SIPCO.
The rise of a billion-dollar food processing industry with clients such as the McDonalds Corporation and Burger King has led to the fall of the small independent grower.
Con Agra Lamb Weston controls almost 50 percent of Idaho potato processing, making it difficult for growers to sell their potatoes elsewhere.
"Con Agra probably thought we were just gong to let this go, so I'm sure they will be surprised when the see this,"Loughmiller said.
On our very first visit he was explaining the World Bank, the International Monetary fund and how the world bankers planned on collateralizing the world debt with land. Not just the U.S. national debt, but also the "WORLD" debt.
When James Baker made his keynote speech in 1987, he stated that, "No longer will the World Bank carry this debt unsecured. The only assets we have to collateralize are federal lands and national parks." Baker's definition of federal lands includes Heritage sites, of which there are about 20 in the United States.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, "The first step in implementing a national animal identification system (NAIS) is identifying and registering premises that are associated with the animal agriculture industry. In terms of the NAIS, a premise is any geographically unique location in which agricultural animals are raised, held, or boarded. Under this definition, farms, ranches, feed-yards, auction barns and livestock exhibitions and fair sites are all examples of premises."
The word "Premise" is a synonym for the word tenement. A definition of the word tenement in law is: Property, such as land, held by one person "leasing" it to another. Webster's New World Dictionary 1960 College Edition defines "Premises" as the part of a deed or "lease" that states its reason, the parties involved and the property in "conveyance." Webster then defines "conveyance" as the transfer of ownership of real property from one person to another. It is quite obvious that the bureaucrats in Washington had a very good reason to use the term "premises" and never mention "PROPERTY."
I am convinced that the word "premise" will put an encumbrance on your deed. The bankers say they want to monetize land. It's your land and my land they want to monetize.
The bankers are in the process of accumulating the wealth of the world.
Wonderful. Once again the USDA is out to subvert the meaning of our language and hand over the food market to big corporate interests. They are going to take over the term grass fed just like they took over the term organic so that big business can benefit and those of use who have been doing it for years will be shoved out the back door.
This is about big monied lobbyists manipulating regulations, laws and definitions to benefit their corporate masters so they can corner the market and force out the competition from small farmers.
One more way our government ‘helps’ us. Anything to do with the government is not voluntary for long. Eventually the busy bodies mandate it because they ‘know what is best for you’.
The solution is for consumers to buy locally from farmers they know and trust. But there’s no money in that for the high paid lobbyists and big corporations. Note that the USDA spends billions of dollars subsidizing Big Ag but only a few million dollars promoting local small farm to consumer programs like “Community Food Projects” which has been cut from the recent farm bill.