“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
Here’s an update from our source on these matters, with the latest news and perspectives:
Friends keep the pressure, email to MPs, Senators call them, fax them…
DECEMBER 15, Bill C-6 third reading short update
Liberals have been proposing unnecessary modifications. They have proposed amendments that would soften the legislation and make it less effective. What this legislation does is balance the rights of business owners and the rights of consumers to be protected from flawed or dangerous goods. This legislation balances the rights of business owners and the rights of consumers, but the Liberals have proposed amendments that favour industry.”
If the latest amendments are rejected by the Senate, the bill could become law before the end of the year after receiving Royal Assent.
If the Senate accepts them, the amended bill will be sent back to the House of Commons. If the tussle between the two chambers drags out, and a federal election is called in the interim, the bill will die.
WHY ARE THEY IN A HURRY? Continue reading
Thanks to Gordon Watson for sending this our way. Gordon has been involved in providing legal backup (and probably much else besides) for “Home on the Range” cowshare in Chilliwack, B.C., just west of Vancouver. He often writes about the west-coast raw milk scene for the Bovine and other media. This review by Susan Schenck appeared on the Basil and Spice blog:
Hot new book on a traditional but newly-cool food!
“Raw Milk Revolution deals with our most basic health right: the right to choose the foods that we feel and know are healthiest for us.
I love a good, documented, research-based book that shows the truth, and the truth is often (usually) the opposite of what we have been brainwashed to believe by the media, government and corporations.
David Gumpert takes us on a journey of truth as an unbiased reporter. He shows both sides: the parents who lost their children (or their children lost use of their kidneys) allegedly due to contaminated raw milk, and we are also shown that raw milk was never conclusively shown to be the culprit. (However, it probably was in at least a few cases—in which case I would say don’t feed kids raw milk unless their immunity is very strong from a nearly 100% raw organic diet. Kids’ immune systems are not as strong as of adults.) Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a story on an important issue of concern to Canadians, from Naturesistence.org. Given the response that consumer outrage was able to generate on the organic turkey front (see story below), I’d like to think that there’s still hope that a torrent of emails from concerned citizens might persuade Canada’s Senators to defeat this unconstitutional bill!
“…Bill C-6 is about to have its 3rd and final reading before being passed into law. In my 59 years as a once proud Canadian, this is the greatest sense of patriotic loss, I have ever experienced. With a sense of desperate urgency I an now busy sending emails to Canadian Senators and MP’s to try and halt this draconian legislation, which will end Canadian freedoms as once enjoyed by so many.
I appeal to Canuck’s on this website to consider investing 15 minutes in this cause. I am including an email I just sent out to friends and family with a pre-written letter to Canadian Senators and MP’s, and a ‘cut and paste’ list of all Senator and MP’s email addresses.
If you are hazy on Bill C-6, there is an older post entitled, “Attention All Canadians!! Please Read Very Important!!!!” that has videos by a Canadian Constitutional lawyer explaining the Bill and other info links… Continue reading
Canada’s upper chamber, the Senate, may yet save the day for Canadians on bill C-6, which is essentially a repackaging of Bills C-51 and C-52 that generated such outrage among Canadians last year for their attempt to impose Codex-style pharmaceutical fascism on the supplement industry — reclassifying common herbs and foods as prescription drugs — the usual Codex stuff. Here’s an excerpt from Helke Ferrie’s report on the status of Bill C-6 as published in the October issue of Vitality magazine. It seems there’s still hope, if the Senators block the bill. Health advocates have been sending letters and emails to Senators all summer so there should be little doubt as to how “the people” feel about this issue:
Bill C-6 would be a big step towards total food control.
“On April 30, 2009, all four parties supported Bill C-6 without protest. True, MP Paul Szabo (Liberal, Mississauga North) and MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis (NDP, Winnipeg North) wanted assurances that C-6, to amend the Hazardous Products Act, would not affect regulation of natural health products. Judy Wasylycia-Leis reminded parliamentarians: “The furor that erupted after the introduction of Bill C-51 [to amend food and drugs regulation] and C-52 [the former version of C-6] last year was a result of the fact that the government failed to consider the need to clearly differentiate natural health products from current drug legislation.”
Indeed, the pernicious fact is that C-51, C-52, and C-6 share regulatory provisions that were and are constitutionally insupportable and make a mockery of current medical and environmental science. Continue reading
In case you haven’t heard, Codex Alimentarius is a now-mandatory international trade standard of the WTO that mandates the conversion of common nutritional supplements and foods into pharmaceutical drugs that can only be had at great expense and with a doctor’s prescription — clearly an idea that only a pharmaceutical company could love. As for the video below, although the into is in French, the main talk is in English. Trueman Tuck has some valuable things to say about the ongoing struggle to deal with government and corporate challenges to health freedom in Canada:
Just as the Greeks smuggled soldiers into Troy in a wooden horse which the Trojans regarded as a “gift”, recent food safety bills now working their way through the American legislature may look like a good thing at first glance. Who could be against “Food Safety”?
Codex is about as popular in Germany as NAIS in the states.
But inside this innocuous package is a Pandora’s box of nasties like the ever-unpopular National Animal Identification System that the USDA has been flogging unsuccessfully to farmers for more than five years, as well as the Codex regulations that reclassify herbs as pharmaceuticals, make large-dose vitamins unavailable and generally get in the way of a lot of natural health modalities, while reinforcing doctors and pharmaceutical companies as the sole gate-keeepers of health.
Here’s an excerpt from a fascinating story on Daily KOS by Mike Mac titled “Anyone telling you the food safety bills are OK is lying through their teeth”. The story opens with a discussion of the role of corporations in driving the Nazi agenda and goes on to detail some of the atrocities in waiting should America’s legislators fail to do their duty to protect people against the corporate agenda embodied in these bills:
“….On April 14, 1941 , in Ludwigshafen , Otto Armbrust, the IG Farben board member responsible for the Auschwitz project, stated to his IG Farben board colleagues, “our new friendship with the SS is a blessing. We have determined all measures integrating the concentration camps to benefit our company.” Continue reading