Less Food to Go Around, And Now With New Poisons, Part 1

posted by Dr Ad Versery and Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 16:42 PM
January 13, 2012

 We had planned to do a joint blog entry on the growing lack of food across the world––despite increased mass production––but that will have to wait, as new dangers of poisons in everyday food is now prominent in this nation.

 While Americans are eating less meat, now there is a problem of dangerous poisons in our meats.  Mark Bittman has an article titled, “Bacteria 1, F.D.A. 0,” in The New York Times Opinion Pages wherein he points out that almost half of the meats sold in the U.S. contain staphylococcus aureus.
 Bittman cites a study from a Phoenix research center that analyzed 80 brands of beef, port, chicken and turkey from five U.S. Cities which found that 47 percent contained the staphylococcus aureus bacteria.  We certainly agree with Bittman that this dangerous germ “can cause anything from minor skin infections to pneumonia and sepsis, more technically called systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), and commonly known as blood poisoning.”

 Such evidence is much more alarming than the ground turkey scare this summer when Cargill had to recall 36 million pounds of ground turkey that may have been tainted with salmonella.  But yet again, Hannaford grocery chain in Maine issued a ground beef recall last month, because some 14 people were sickened with another strain of salmonella that greatly resists antibiotic treatment.
 These types of health risks in our meat is a national problem that began with the injection of penicillin and tetracycline into healthy farm animals.  And when the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) started this practice in 1977, that agency was aware it included health risks.  Yet, today, 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are pumped into farm animals.

 Now, as underfunded as it is, and dependent on large meat producers to “voluntarily” protect the health of the American people, the F.D.A. is virtually powerless to keep our meats safe.  Studies also identify other poisons in foods.

   Yesterday, after a competitor accused the soft drink company, Coca-Cola admitted to federal regulators that fungicide carbendazim is in Minute Maid and Simply Orange brands of orange juice.  While carbendazim is not approved for foods in the United States, it is used in Brazil, which exports its oranges here. 

 And, lest we forget, the F.D.A. may also “crack down” on arsenic in apple juice––only after consumer advocates insist that arsenic is even in children’s apple juice.  When praying over every meal, remember what wholesale Christian Bibles say about our prosperity:  “Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9: 11).”

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