Federal Audit Warns FDA Critically Endangers Our Food Supply
(Spence Cooper) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warns that the safety of the nation’s food supply is endangered by the FDA, the very agency assigned to monitor food safety on behalf of the public.
When our own government openly accuses the FDA of jeopardizing the health and safety of all Americans, the risk level our food safety must indeed be critical.
Food recalls are classified as Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3. Class 1 recalls are issued for products that pose a risk of death or cause irreversible medical harm if consumed.
HHS reviewed 17 Class 1 recalls of imported food items for Salmonella, Listeria and Botulism contamination from mid 2007 through mid 2008. The department would have checked more recent food recalls but couldn’t because many of recalls and their associated investigations are ongoing.
“We focused our review only on the most serious recalls in recent years, something you could drop dead from if you ate it,” said George Nedder, with HHS’ Office of Inspector General.
In its report, HHS charged the FDA with not only failing to conduct comprehensive reviews of companies’ food recalls, but also of not supervising how companies disposed of their recalled products.
The report revealed how food companies responsible for recalls brazenly thumb their noses at the law and simply ignore making any effort to recall contaminated products. “We’re very concerned with the findings of our audit,” Nedder said.
According to CNN, the HHS report noted how one company didn’t initiate a recall of a Listeria-contaminated mussel meat from New Zealand until three months after the Food and Drug Administration learned about the the problem.
But the HHS audit of the FDA, and their subsequent revelation, only touches the surface. Both the USDA and FDA, along with powerful corporate owned agribusinesses have long been complicit in willful deception and cover-ups.
The following are but a few of the many examples.
Willful Deception And Cover-up
In recent hearings on transgenic fish, the FDAknowingly withheld a Federal Biological Opinion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prohibiting the use of transgenic salmon in open-water net pens pursuant to the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
In 2008, Nestle, Mead Johnson and Enfamil infant formula products were all contaminated with melamine. Instead of informing the public, the FDA held a conference call to alert the manufacturers of their findings, withholding the test results from the public.
The information was only released after the Associated Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request, revealing that the products from these manufactures were all contaminated with melamine.
Despite federal studies revealing that drug-resistant bacteria is regularly found in meat sold in our nation’s supermarkets, the FDA has issued unenforceable recommendations ONLYregarding antibiotic use in farm animals.
Even after a young dance instructor, Stephanie Smith, was left paralyzed, and the source of her illness from E. coli had been traced to Cargill’s Angus Beef Patties, the USDA continued to allow meat processors and slaughterhouses to conduct voluntary only tests for E. coli. The USDA even knew that Cargill had not followed its own safety program for controlling E. coli.
Salmonella Food Poisoning
After over a half-billion eggs were recalled because of salmonella contamination traced to Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, the FDA rejected standard vaccination of hens against salmonella, claiming there is not enough evidence vaccinations would prevent people from getting sick. The real reason is because egg suppliers don’t want to shoulder the costs.
Fish Raised on Human and Animal Waste
The FDA knowingly allows fish imports from food producers in China that regularly use untreated human and animal waste for feeding farmed fish meant for human consumption. Feces is the primary nutrient for growing the tilapia in China.
More than 80 per cent of the fish and seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, with much of it coming from Asia. Legislation passed in the U.S. late last year to ensure companies establish appropriate oversight, but the FDA has done nothing to effectively implement the new law.
FDA Conducts Yearlong Sting Operation on Amish
Instead of spending time, money and resources ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, the FDA protects the interest of BIG DAIRY producers by constantly harassing raw milk suppliers like the Amish.
The FDA conducted a yearlong sting operation on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania to prevent the farm from selling raw milk to willing customers in the Washington D.C. area.
This is the same FDA that allowed a half-billion eggs contaminated with salmonella to be unleashed before being recalled, as well as millions of pounds of contaminated ground beef and chicken tainted with E. coli and salmonella, because the FDA allows irresponsible companies to police themselves.