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It is great to see Obama starting to stand up to industry a bit more, the FDA was looking like a corporate lackey...
* “Under HACCP, the agency will implement a ‘Hands Off’ role in meat inspection.
* “Under HACCP, the agency will no longer police the industry, but the industry will police itself.
* “Under HACCP, the agency will disband its previous command and control authority.
* “Under HACCP, each plant will write its own HACCP Plan, and the agency cannot tell plants what must be in their HACCP Plans.”
...The plant would be responsible for the implementation of the plan.
As a result, the inspector was no longer responsible for what was happening on the plant floor: that was left to company personnel. The new role of the inspector was to make sure that plant personnel were carrying out their duties in a manner consistent with the HACCP plan. In many cases this amounted to making sure that all of the paper work was in the proper order. www.agpolicy.org...
Guide to good farming practices for animal production food safety
OIE Animal Production Food Safety Working Group
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), 12 rue de Prony, 75017 Paris, France
The guidelines presented here cover eight areas of primary production in which preventive actions can usefully be implemented; they are, as follows:
a) buildings and other facilities: surroundings and environmental control
b) health conditions for introduction of animals into the farm
d) animal watering
e) veterinary drugs
f) farm management
g) preparation of animals for slaughter
h) common measures for record keeping and traceability....
correctly isolated from pests and from wild or stray animals, and from other domestic animals as appropriate TRANSLATION High double fencing with a minimum of three feet between the fences, so that deer can not jump or rabbits can not dig under, Get rid of dogs, cats and other pets. This is from a USDA vet to me when I ran a petting farm.
...arranged so as to allow easy disinfection of areas used by professional visitors (veterinarian, animal or feed deliverers, milk or egg collectors, carcass disposal agents, etc.)
...arranged so as to make access difﬁcult for unauthorised persons or vehicles (barriers, fences, signs) [Prison gates anyone?]
...using inert construction and surface materials that cannot be a potential source of contamination (prohibit the use of lead paint) [sounds like wood is not allowed)
...keep samples of purchased feed for any subsequent analytical testing should a problem of residues be identiﬁed at the farm production level [This means a LARGE freezer since the feed spoils in a few moths]
in the case of bulk feed, do not mix two batches of feed in the same container (separate hoppers) have the composition of the manufactured feed checked at least once a year (correct dosages of the various ingredients, presence of any contaminants)
...keep an up-to-date register of feed delivered and used (batch numbers and dates of use)
Common measures for record keeping and traceability
An identiﬁcation and traceability system for animals, their feed and products...
For each animal or group of animals, require and keep all commercial and health documents enabling their exact itinerary to be traced from their farm or establishment of origin to their ﬁnal destination (other farm or abattoir)
establish a data-recording system that can be used to ascertain exactly which batches of commercial feed the farm’s livestock were fed with and what raw materials were used in feed manufactured on the farm and given to the animals. Keep samples of all the feed used hygienic
establish a data-recording system that can be used to ascertain the exact origin (animal batch) and destination of l inspectionanimal products produced by the farm departments of – keep all these documents and records and place them at
the disposal of the competent authority (Veterinary Services).
Keep a record of all persons entering the farm: visitors, service staff and farm professionals (veterinarian, milk tester, inseminator, feed deliverer, carcass disposal agent, etc.)
keep the medical certiﬁcates of persons working in contact with animals and any document certifying their qualiﬁcations and training
keep, for each animal or group of animals, all documents relating to the treatment and veterinary actions
keep all laboratory reports, including bacteriological tests and sensitivity tests (data to be placed at the disposal of the veterinarian responsible for treating the animals)
keep all documents proving that the bacteriological and physico-chemical quality of the water given to the animals is regularly tested
keep all records of all feed manufacture procedures and manufacturing records for each batch of feed
keep detailed records of any application of chemical products to ﬁelds, pastures and grain silos, as well as the dates that animals are put out to grass and on which plots of land
keep all the records relating to the cleaning and disinfection procedures used in the farm (including data sheets for each detergent or disinfectant used) as well as all the records showing that these procedures have effectively been implemented (job sheets, self-inspection checks on the effectiveness of the operations) and animal products
keep documents relating to the pest control plan (including the data sheets for each raticide and insecticide used) as well as all the records showing that the control plan has effectively been implemented (plan showing the location of baits and insecticide diffusers, self-inspection checks on the effectiveness of the plan)
keep all the documents relating to self-inspections (by the livestock producer) and controls (by the authorities and other official bodies) relating to the proper management of the farm and the sanitary and hygienic quality of the animal products leaving it
keep all documents sent by the ofﬁcial inspection services (distributors or the quality control departments of food-processing ﬁrms) relating to anomalies detected at the abattoir, dairy, processing plant or during the distribution of products (meat, eggs, milk, ﬁsh, etc.) derived from the farm’s animals
ensure that all these documents are kept long enough to enable any subsequent investigations to be carried out to determine whether contamination of food products detected at the secondary production or distribution stage was due to a dysfunction at the primary production level
place all these documents and records at the disposal of the competent authority (Veterinary Services) when it conducts farm visits.
Also at xstatic99645.tripod.com...
I can't believe it took two pages for someone to get it....
“I know of no severe depression, in any country or any time, that was not accompanied by a sharp decline in the stock of money, and equally of no sharp decline in the stock of money that was not accompanied by a severe depression.” www.themoneymasters.com...
If the readers examine the St. Louis Federal Reserve graph of the M1 money supply (http//research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M1), they will note that whenever the Fed maintains a restrictive monetary policy (flat M1 growth rate) the economy enters a recession. The evidence is particularly striking for the 2008 recession. From 2003 to the fourth quarter of 2008, the Fed restricted the growth of M1; the result was the 2008 recession.
The Fed knows fully well that they created the recession as demonstrated by their subsequent loosening of M1 growth.
Milton Freedman and Anna Schwartz were correct in their assessments of money. www.thefreemanonline.org...
Advocates of buying locally sourced food and small-farm operators criticized the bill, saying the new requirements could force some of them into bankruptcy. Senators eventually agreed to exempt some of those operations from the costly food safety plans required of bigger companies, but that move upset food safety advocates and larger growers. Those exemptions are in the bill Obama was signing.
Originally posted by kwakakev
So the small independent operators can breath a sigh of relief.
Warburg's associates said, "Paul, what are you doing? We don't want those in there this is our bill." And his response was this, he said, "Relax fellas, don't you get it? Our object is to get the bill passed. We can fix it up later." Those were his exact words. "We can fix it up later."
He was so right. It was because of those provisions that they won over the support of William Jennings Bryan... never dreaming that this was temporary.
Everything is temporary in politics. When people go to sleep things can get changed.
Warburg was right and they fixed it up later. The Federal Reserve Act since it was passed has been amended over 100 times. Every one of those provisions were long ago removed...
Wickard v. Filburn got to the Supreme Court, and in 1942, the justices unanimously ruled against the farmer. The government claimed that if Mr. Filburn grew wheat for his own use, he would not be buying it — and that affected interstate commerce. It also argued that if the price of wheat rose, which is what the government wanted, Mr. Filburn might be tempted to sell his surplus wheat in the interstate market, thwarting the government's objective. The Supreme Court bought it
The Court's opinion must be quoted to be believed:
[The wheat] supplies a need of the man who grew it which would otherwise be reflected by purchases in the open market. Home-grown wheat in this sense competes with wheat in commerce.
As Epstein commented, "Could anyone say with a straight face that the consumption of home-grown wheat is 'commerce among the several states?'"
FDA’s Views on Food Freedom of Choice
For those who think it’s a good idea to give FDA more power, here are the agency’s views on your freedom to obtain the foods of your choice; these are direct quotations from the agency’s response to a lawsuit the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed earlier this year...
* "There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food." [A--p. 25]
* "There is no 'deeply rooted' historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds." [A--p. 26]
* "Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish." [A--p. 26]
"There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract." [A--p. 27]
‘‘(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; and
‘‘(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 CONSTRUCTION.—
‘‘(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 withdraw the exemption provided to such facility under this subsection...
Under section 105(a)-Sec. 419a(3)(B), any proposed rulemaking for produce safety standards shall “include, with respect to growing, harvesting, sorting, packing and storage operations, science-based minimum standards related to soil amendments, hygiene, packaging, temperature controls, animals in the growing area in the farm.
‘‘(3) WITHDRAWAL; RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.— In the event of an active investigation... Secretary may withdraw the exemption provided to such facility under this subsection
Everything is temporary in politics. When people go to sleep things can get changed.