Daily Archives: September 12, 2010

Overreaching regulators are not just in the food sector; how are people coping?

With all the news we get about raw milk and food safety regulators and their pursuit of corporate agendas we might sometimes forget that similar things are going on in other sectors of public life. And it could be illuminating to see how other people are coping with the onslaught. Here are a couple of examples. The first is an excerpt from a post on Paul Karl Lukacs “Knife Tricks” blog titled “10 brief responses to 700 comments about refusing to answer questions at passport control“:

TSA official screening a passenger. Pic via Knife Tricks blog.

“My post about refusing to answer questions from Customs and Border Protection officers when re-entering the U.S. has resulted in a lot of debate. My thanks to everyone who joined the conversation, including the authors of the more than one hundred posts that called me a douchebag. Let me address the major points raised, although there are multiple issues – such as the fine distinction between CBP’s immigration powers and its customs powers – that I need to truncate or elide to keep this response from becoming a law review article.

(BTW, I’m blown away by the hubbub. In the last three days, this blog has received more than 75,000 hits. The original post currently has 175 comments, while the Boing Boing report has 172 commentsthe Consumerist article 312 comments, and the Reason piece 121.) (Update: The Hacker News section of ycombinator currently has 104 comments.) Continue reading

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Into the valley of the shadow of Codex

The FDA has gone nuts…” says Augie in the title of his latest post about overreaching on the part of food regulators:

Picture via Augie's Journal

“…More and more letters like this one sent to Diamond Foods are being sent via certified mail and followed up by FDA agents and attorneys in their regional and district offices:

“Based on our review, we have concluded that your walnut products are in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and the applicable regulations in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR). Continue reading

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Raine Saunders on Vaccination, part 1

Raine Saunders of the Agriculture Society blog is embarking on a multi-part series on the subject of vaccination. Here’s an excerpt from part 1:

“Have you ever wondered what ways there might be to reduce the chances of or prevent our children from developing health disorders like autism, ADHD, ADD, hormonal and nervous system disruptions, digestive and immune dysfunction? Continue reading

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