That’s what we do when a health hazard doesn’t involve raw milk!
From the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website:
Note that one of the pictures above is of cows -- clearly a food source in need of much inspection
“OTTAWA, August 26, 2011 – There was a recent outbreak of Salmonella agona in the United States linked to papayas from Mexico. As a result, the United States Food and Drug Administration has put import controls on papayas from Mexico.
Canada imports papayas from Mexico through the United States. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with authorities in the United States and Mexico to identify any products that have been shipped to Canada. Based on this information, theCFIA will determine if Canada requires additional import controls. Continue reading
“Professor Keith Campbell, a biologist at the University of Nottingham [who] works with transgenic animals, said: “Genetically modified animals and plants are not going to be harmful unless you deliberately put in a gene that is going to be poisonous. Why would anyone do that in a food?”
“One long-standing project of the US Government has been to perfect a genetically-modified variety of corn, the diet staple in Mexico and many other Latin American countries. The corn has been field tested in tests financed by the US Department of Agriculture along with a small California bio-tech company named Epicyte. Announcing his success at a 2001 press conference, the president of Epicyte, Mitch Hein, pointing to his GMO corn plants, announced, “We have a hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies.”14 Continue reading
From a post on the mi2g.com blog:
The Chinese are not the only ones wondering Yuan this problem will end. Image from mi2g.com
Massive Food Inflation
“Around Shanghai, the price of certain food products has risen by at least 50 percent in the past year, sparking anger amongst the poorer shoppers who spend up to half of their income on food. In some parts of China, the price of basic foods has doubled — gone up by 100 percent — and shoppers in the southern city of Shenzhen have been reported to skip across the border to Hong Kong to buy their daily groceries!…” Continue reading
This excerpt is from a roundup of the latest chatter about Swine flu on The Ethicurian blog:
Flashback to the last Swine flu "epidemic" in 1976. Center for Disease Control photo. Original Salon.com caption: "An elderly woman receives a vaccination during the nationwide swine flu vaccination campaign, which began Oct. 1, 1976."
“Smithfield smeared: The Mexican government’s chief epidemiologist said it’s “highly improbable” that the Smithfield-operated Veracruz factory farm is responsible for the nation’s swine-flu outbreak. Why? Pigs at the farm are from North America, while the genetic material in the virus is from Europe and Asia. Article also details the pleasing news about how Smithfield’s in a panic over the bad PR and its shares have dropped nearly 3%. (Wall Street Journal)
Um, don’t they need you guys?: Mexico’s government is suspending all nonessential activity of the federal government and private business as the number of confirmed swine flu cases jumped to 160. (MSNBC)
Swine flu may be accurate after all: The pork industry is squealing over naming the new virus swine flu, since it’s supposedly a blend and hasn’t been traced to any pigs, nor can you catch it from pork. (New York Times) Obama has begun referring to it as the H1N1 virus, “evidently in deference to U.S. pork producers,” says the AP.Meanwhile, Tom Laskawy digs up an “intriguing notice” posted to the International Society for Infectious Diseases by Columbia University researchers suggesting that the current swine flu outbreak may be a ‘reassortment’ (i.e. rearrangement) of existing swine flu viruses and not a swine, avian, and human influenza combo. (Grist) Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a great story on the Swine Flu from grain.org:
“Mexico is in the midst of a hellish repeat of Asia’s bird flu experience, though on a more deadly scale. Once again, the official response from public authorities has come too late and bungled in cover-ups. And once again, the global meat industry is at the centre of the story, ramping up denials as the weight of evidence about its role grows. Just five years after the start of the H5N1 bird flu crisis, and after as many years of a global strategy against influenza pandemics coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the world is now reeling from a swine flu disaster. The global strategy has failed and needs to be replaced with a public health system that the public can trust. Continue reading
Holy cow forages for edible cardboard in the streets while an Indian milkman makes his rounds on a motorbike. Quick, send them some Aid, so they can be just like us.
Here is a story from India, where they don’t have the benefit of USDA inspection, and where it seems their holy cows have to forage for cardboard on the streets…. and where the milkman rides a motorcycle. While this is not the way we’d like to see raw milk done in North America, it makes one wonder just how “robust” the product is, in terms of having it’s own immune system, if it can withstand this sort of a production and delivery. Photos and story are from “A Life in Mexico” blog, although it sounds as if the author took the pictures personally in India. Was he travelling or did he live there for a while? And as for raw milk being legal in India and Mexico, we’re only going by the info implied in this story, so if you know better, please comment.
“In Mexico milkmen still sell unpasteurized fresh milk dipped from milk cans directly into customer-supplied pots. Most sell from pickup trucks. One man in San Miguel de Allende plies his route on the back of a burro, cans slung over its back. Occasionally I see Mexican milk sellers using motorbikes. In India, motorcycles seem to be the preferred distribution vehicle….” Continue reading