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As if it isn’t bad enough that we cannot trust either the government nor the media to relay anything remotely resembling the truth about anything whatsoever, the national groups and organizations who claim to be defending and looking out for consumers, farmers and ranchers…many times the same groups who take grant money (contracts) and avail themselves of numerous cash sources from the government in addition to their pay pal buttons, have bounded onto the net assuring everyone that the passage of S.510 is somehow now…kind of a good deal. Multiple emails from individuals who have made a living off the misery and fear of those already being targeted in advance by the FDA agricultural Gestapo are landing on the net faster than you can say…”I worked for the government all along!”
The last two weeks have seen some of the most unethical, deceptive, manipulative and outright traitorous actions by both the House and the Senate. With “Dirty Harry” Reid (D) NV leading the traitors charge, every rule was broken, every trick was used, every deception was employed to force the passage of S.510 against the will of the people, most of whom recognized this hostile takeover of agriculture for what it was.
The bill would increase the FDA's regulatory authority over the food production system in order to prevent contamination and food-borne illness outbreaks. It would give the FDA mandatory recall authority, require food producers to have qualifying plans in place for identifying and addressing safety risks, require importers to verify the safety of all imported foods, and more. Small farms and food facilities that do less than $500,000 in sales annually and sell most of their food locally would be exempt from most of the new regulations in the bill
Monsanto's history -- PCBs, dioxin, Agent Orange, DDT, bovine growth hormone -- is exacerbated by the company's repeated choice to preserve sales over the public health and employ its outsize influence in government to shirk full responsibility for its actions. Even more disturbing, the "new Monsanto," which has wielded its global muscle and patent prowess to try and take control over the food supply.
It (the recall of Hallmark/Westland Meat) highlights one of the problems that we have attempted to raise with the agency ever since 1996 when the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) inspection system was put in place. There seems to be too much reliance on an honor system for the industry to police itself. While the USDA investigation is still on going at Hallmark/Westland, a couple of facts have emerged that point to a system that can be gamed by those who want to break the law. It (HACCP) shifted the responsibility for food safety over to the companies .
...Question. Is USDA’s investigation of union president Stan Painter retaliatory?
Answer. USDA’s investigation into the validity of allegations that Specified Risk
Material (SRM) regulations are not being effectively carried out or properly enforced
was conducted solely to ensure the safety of our Nation’s food supply.
Question. Stan Painter, the president of the food inspectors union, set forth a se-
ries of concerns about SRM removal in a letter to the agency in early December.
I understand that FSIS has responded to the letter by launching a personal inves-
tigation of Mr. Painter. In January, for example, FSIS flew Mr. Painter to Wash-
ington DC and questioned him for 3 hours, to try to get him to divulge the sources
of his information. However, FSIS has a database of non-compliance reports, which
should document instances in which inspectors have reported non-compliance with
Why has FSIS chosen to investigate Mr. Painter personally instead of addressing
the questions and concerns raised by his letter?
Answer. In a December 8, 2004, letter, the chairman of the National Joint Council
of Food Inspection Locals made unsubstantiated and non-specific allegations that
FSIS is not properly enforcing regulations requiring the removal of Specified Risk
Materials (SRMs) from beef products. Because of the serious nature of the allega-
tions contained in Mr. Painter’s Letter, FSIS immediately initiated an inquiry into
those allegations which included an informal interview of the union chairman. Dur-
ing that interview, Mr. Painter refused to provide specific information to support the
letter’s allegations. That inquiry subsequently resulted in a formal investigation by
FSIS to determine the validity of the allegations. As part of that investigation, Mr.
Painter was formally interviewed on two occasions in January. The FSIS investiga-
tion has been completed and the allegations concerning improper enforcement of
SRM regulations were not substantiated.....
Yup, looks like the Fed's will now get their hands on the nations food supply.
He sold most of our nuclear technology to the Chinese for campaign contributions and allowed our Los Alamos Nuclear Facility to suffer well documented security breaches which included the loss of hard drives.
Originally posted by crimvelvet
I am hoping and praying that farmers do what I am planning to do. Take a vacation. DO NOT PLANT A THING!
Originally posted by zroth
reply to post by SaturnFX
I think the simplest problem that arises from this is the overhead this causes farmers to stay in compliance.
Farmers farm. They don't do paperwork.
The government has interests that do not serve the people and this is one of them.
Originally posted by TruthFreedomNow
When it usually takes ages to get a bill passed this one managed to do so in less that a week AND in the week right before Xmas. That doesn't seem a bit suspect to you?
With this bill local farming will become so expensive that it will put farmers out of business.
Not to mention that the public won't be able to afford to buy local produce anymore so sales of imported produce will sky-rocket. And we know that imported produce is often grown with chemicals/pesticides/herbicides/etc that are banned in the US. You don't see a problem with that?
'....Small farms and food facilities that do less than $500,000 in sales annually and sell most of their food locally would be exempt from most of the new regulations in the bill...."
How many farmers do you know do over half a million in sales annually?
The corporate spin on this is as usual, incredible.
I care not that mega corporate farms have to clean up their act.
‘‘(2) EXEMPTION.—A qualified facility—
‘‘(A) shall not be subject to the requirements under subsections (a) through (i) and
subsection (n) in an applicable calendar year;
‘‘(B) shall submit to the Secretary—
‘‘(i)(I) documentation that demonstrates that the owner, operator, or agent in charge of the facility has identified potential hazards associated with the food being produced, is implementing preventive controls to address the hazards, and is monitoring the preventive controls to ensure that such controls are effective;
‘‘(II) documentation (which may include licenses, inspection reports, certificates, permits, credentials, certification by an appropriate agency (such as a State department of agriculture), or other evidence
of oversight), as specified by the Secretary, that the facility is in compliance with State, local, county, or other applicable non-Federal food safety law; and
‘‘(ii) documentation, as specified by the Secretary in a guidance document issued not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, that the facility is a qualified facility under paragraph (1)(B) or (1)(C).
‘‘(3) WITHDRAWAL; RULE OF
‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—In the event of an active investigation of a foodborne illness out-break that is directly linked to a qualified facility subject to an exemption under this sub-
section, or if the Secretary determines that it is
necessary to protect the public health and prevent or mitigate a foodborne illness outbreak
based on conduct or conditions associated with
a qualified facility that are material to the safety of the food manufactured, processed, packed,
or held at such facility, the Secretary may with-
draw the exemption provided to such facility
under this subsection.
‘‘(B) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing
in this subsection shall be construed to expand
or limit the inspection authority of the Secretary.
Interesting...so your suggesting that all small and mid sized farms simply go bankrupt and hand everything over to superfarms. which side do you play for again?