FDA’s double standard for regulating: raw milk farmers vs big corporations

From Ethan A. Huff at PrisonPlanet.com

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is getting increasingly bold these days with openly admitting that it works directly for big industry interests rather than public health interests. In a recent report on why the agency did not disclose Taco Bell as being the “Mexican-style” restaurant chain involved in a recent salmonella outbreak, the FDA essentially admitted that it is more concerned with upholding a close-knit relationship with big industry players like Taco Bell than it is with being transparent and telling the truth for the public interest.

Last fall, at least 68 people in ten states were infected with salmonella poisoning from food sold at an undisclosed Mexican-style restaurant chain, according to an FDA announcement. At least 20 of these people became so ill that they had to be admitted to the hospital for treatment, and yet, the entire time, the FDA refused to disclose the name of the chain, which was later uncovered to be Taco Bell.

Any rational person can see that disclosing such information is not only pertinent and beneficial to public health efforts, but also a necessity if the information itself is to have any benefit or reason for being announced in the first place. But the FDA disagrees, having toldABC Newsin a recent interview that the agency often does not disclose this crucial information for fear that “it could have the effect of discouraging … cooperation between our agencies and the food industry.”

What this really means, of course, is that the FDA places a higher priority on catering to its special interests, which in this case includes fast food restaurant chains like Taco Bell, than it does to protecting public health. Obviously the public has a right to know if a major food producer is even potentially selling food that is tainted with harmful bacteria, despite what the FDA claims about the situation.

And yet if this same salmonella outbreak had been in any way linked to raw milk, you can be sure the name of the company involved would have been prematurely published far and wide, even if said outbreak later turned out not to have anything to do with raw milk. This is exactly what happened to Organic Pastures Dairy in California back in December when regulators illegitimately framed the company and shut down its business indefinitely (http://www.naturalnews.com)….”

Read it all on Prison Planet.com

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3 responses to “FDA’s double standard for regulating: raw milk farmers vs big corporations

  1. the Marler Clark lawfirm specializes in suing companies for claims of harm caused by their products. When it comes to raw milk, Mr Marler is relentless in his criticism of its availability, at all.

    He’s sued Taco Bell before and he’s suing that outfit again arising from the most recent round, yet I haven’t heard him demand that all Taco Bells Cease+Desist serving green onions, lettuce = even though those RAW products made hundreds of his clients ill.

    No : those opposing the Campaign for REAL MILK can swallow the whole filthy camel of FDA propaganda, meanwhile straining at a gnat. The fact that “the dog didn’t bark” is all the evidence necessary for proving the FDA is the tool of race traitors in high places rather a watchdog protecting the public health.

    Since 1999, at least 343 people across the nation (USA) have been confirmed ill in foodborne illness outbreaks linked to Taco Bell:

    • 1999 Taco Bell Beef E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak – 21 ill, 5 hospitalized
    • 2000 Taco Bell Green onion hepatitis A Outbreak – 30 ill, 15 hospitalized
    • 2006 Taco Bell Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak – 78 ill, 55 hospitalized,
    • 2010 Taco Bell Salmonella Hartford & Baildon – 155 ill, 42 hospitalized
    • 2011 Taco Bell Salmonella Enteritidis – 68 ill, 21 hospitalized

    • thebovine

      Gordon, your use of the term “race traitor” raises some red flags for me, because as I see it, different races are NOT trying to compete with one another as races.

      Surely, it’s not like back in old testament times when we had “wars of gods and men” with different alien groups using different “peoples” as pawns in their geopolitical games, or are you suggesting it really is that way, under the facade of world events?

      The way I like to think of it, and you may think I’m deluded, is that we are living in a cosmopolitan time of cultural exchange where peoples of different races can learn from each other’s cultures and we can all be the richer for it. So call me a multiculturalist. I don’t think it’s a dirty word.

  2. Pingback: “Winning” the “War on Raw Milk” « Eclectic Edibles.

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