Tag Archives: FDA

To Serve & Protect Or To Destroy Amish Farm?

Published by:

It is with much sadness that we report the two-year war waged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Pennsylvania Amish farmer Dan Allgyer has been a success. The Washington Times and others are now reporting that, following a ruling last month by Judge Lawrence F. Stengel that Allgyer could no longer ship raw milk across state lines, he is officially shutting down his entire Rainbow Acres Farm.

Provoking Allgyer to shut down his farm appears to have been the goal of the FDA all along, which back on February 4, 2010, conducted a gestapo-style raid on Allgyer’s Kinzers, Penn., property to search for evidence that he was shipping raw milk across state lines. After illegally trespassing on the man’s property, the agents proceeded to harass Allgyer about his supposed involvement in interstate commerce (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com

Stop Former Monsanto VP From Attaining Top Position At FDA

Published by:

The one man who may beresponsible for more food related illnesses and deaths than anyone in historyMichael R. Taylor, has just been promoted from US Food Safety Czar to Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the FDA, a position which would enable the giant biotech company Monsanto to silently and legally feed cancer causing vegetables to every living person who is not 100% strictly organic.

President Obama has appointed the former Monsanto Vice President and lobbyist Michael R. Taylor to the throne. This is thesame manwho was Food Safety Czar for the FDA when Genetically Modified Organisms were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks.This is like putting a terrorist in charge of the world’s food supply. What will the cancer numbers look like in 2016? (http://www.counterpunch.org)

TheGMO nightmare all started with the Dan Quayle led FDA/GMO marriage. Under George Bush Senior’s Administration from 1989 to 1993, Dan Quayle single-handedly catapulted GMO’s into existence through FDA’s anti-consumer right-to-know policy, which stated that GMO foods did not have to be labeled or safety tested. Yes, you read that correctly: There isno safety testing required whatsoever to take some Agent Orange pesticide and genetically mutate the seeds of vegetables in a chemical

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/034847_Michael_Taylor_Monsanto_FDA.html#ixzz1lHialAaF

Raw Milk and FDA Propaganda

Published by:

On the raw milk front, Dairyherd.com has some interesting survey results on comparative raw milk regulations on a state-by-state basis. To summarize, thirty states allow consumers to transact with raw milk producers while twenty states prohibit that act of freedom. And don’t forget that federal laws prevent the sale of any raw milk, from anywhere, over state lines. The fed’s response to the good white stuff moving over state lines is sending in armed soldiers in full battle gear to destroy the enemy.

Thirteen mini-regimes in the US of A allow the sale of raw milk on the farm where where it was produced, while four of those thirteen only allow “incidental occurrences,” which, of course, cannot be defined. But arbitrary laws with a host of potential interpretations is how the feds are able to use arbitrary rule interpretations to seize product and regulate small producers out of business. The article defines incidental occurrences as “occasional sales, not as a regular course of business; no advertising.” Surely, the feds can interpret “occasional” and “regular” and “advertising” in a whole host of capricious ways.

Four of those thirteen states only allow raw goat milk while Kentucky and Rhode Island – now get this – require a prescription from a physician! Of course, you can interpret that to mean raw milk must be medicinal (ask Moms who cure their child’s allergies with raw milk), but then again, there’s no such thing as a Big Milk Pharma that exists as a corporate arm of the state to keep its products available for good health. Lastly, eleven states allow raw milk to be sold in retail stores outside of the farm.

 

Several of the states that allow the sale of raw milk for human consumption have various twists and turns in their laws that make it very difficult to get the milk from the farm to the consumer, which essentially limits, or in some cases prevents, the sale of the product. However, milk entrepreneurs whose businesses are stifled by fascist decrees have been creative enough to come up with the idea of herd shares that allow folks, in some far-flung way, to buy a “piece” of a herd and get their milk. Any time that people can conjure up visionary ways to skirt the laws of the totalitarian regime, freedom has taken a small step forward.

Meanwhile, the FDA is going after Tucker Adkins Dairy of South Carolina like gangbusters. All of three (maybe eight?) people allegedly got sick from the dairy’s raw milk. So three people are confirmed sick - diarrhea – and the FDA has thrown a ton of resources at the issue to propagandize against raw milk and tout the “safety” of the industrial milk product. The FDA even put out this newswire that was nothing more than an expensive, pure propaganda piece. Author and defender of food choice, Dave Gumpert, explains on his blog why the FDA felt compelled to launch its agitprop offensive.

 Read More

Elderberry Juice Concentrate Confiscated As “Unapproved Drug”

Published by:

by Jonathan Benson

Wyldewood Cellars, a Kansas-based producer and distributor of elderberry juice, is the latest raid target of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which recently sent US marshals to the company’s winery in Mulvane to confiscate the “unapproved drug.” According to the rogue agency, Wyldewood had violated provisions in the US Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) that restrict health claims for food items, warranting the sudden invasion.

According to Barry Grissom, US Attorney for Kansas, the FDA sent a warning letter to Wyldewood in 2006 to remove or modify certain health claims that it said were in violation of federal law, but the company did not comply. FDA officials claim that Wyldewood continued to make unapproved claims, and that seizing the product was the next step.

However, John Brewer, co-founder of Wyldewood, says that after receiving the initial FDA warning letter, his company hired a consultant familiar with FDA regulations to help his company reword their product descriptions. After making the appropriate changes, and clarifying that the elderberry products in question were supplements, Brewer says his company had done what it needed to in order to be in compliance.

“We haven’t heard anything from (the FDA) since,” he told reporters, noting that following the changes up until the raid, the FDA had ceased communicating with Wyldewood. “They’ve been in our facility multiple times. It’s like, ‘C’mon guys, we changed our label, we changed everything we thought we were supposed to do.’ And then they show up and do this. (Supplements) seems to be one of their hot buttons these days.”

This tactic, of course, has become all too common in recent years. A company receives a warning letter from the FDA, makes the appropriate changes, never hears anything further from the FDA, and out of nowhere gets raided. Such actions on behalf of the FDA are ultimately unwarranted and illegal, and the offended parties have every right to sue the agency for damages.

“You think you are doing things correctly, and there hasn’t been any word, and all of a sudden you get this,” said Brewer to The Kansas City Star.

To learn more about the legitimate health benefits of elderberry, visit: http://www.naturalnews.com/elderber…

Sources for this story include:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele…

http://www.kansas.com/2011/06/04/18…

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/0…


Source Article

Military Serving Gulf Seafood

Published by:

The Gulf of Mexico seafood businesses have been greatly suffering since the BP oil spill caused fear that the shrimp and fish that come from the area wouldn’t be safe to eat. Well, these companies in the Gulf have gotten a boost from a deal that was made between an organization that has been helping out the area since Hurricane Katrina, Ready 4 Takeoff, and The Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. The contract has brought the fish and shrimp to 72 military bases across the country, where it will be sold under such names as Emeril Lagasse, the famous TV chef. This deal is a good idea to help out the failing Gulf businesses, but my one question is; why isn’t the whole entire government promoting the Gulf food as well?

No one can argue that since the BP oil spill, many companies that make their money off of the fish and shrimp from that area have struggled to stay in business. Deca, which is the grocery chain that is located on all of the military bases, is doing a good thing by starting to stock Gulf seafood in their stores instead of importing it from other countries. When a tragedy like the one that happened to the Gulf arises, we all need to step up and help out in any way that we can.

And while many still have their concerns over the safety of the seafood, the Food and Drug Administration has said many times it is completely safe. While smell tests, which consist of the FDA smelling samples to see if they perceive a chemical smell all came up negative, that still didn’t appease consumers. So, the FDA then did tissue samples of some seafood, and less than 1 percent of 1,735 samples came up positive for trace amounts of chemicals.

Even with all of this evidence, people are still wary when it comes to feeding the food to their families. But if the government wants to promote the safety of the seafood, feeding it to the military families who have limited incomes, and are not likely to have many other options when it comes to buying any kind of fresh seafood, is not the way to go. In order to really bring more consumers back to the markets in the Gulf, and back to the famous seafood restaurants, the Obamas need to start eating and serving this seafood in The White House, not just posing for a photo op where President Obama can be seen eating some of the fish from the Gulf.

The government as a whole has to show that the Gulf seafood is good enough for their family as well. Consumers look to Michelle Obama for everything from her clothes to her health food choices, so her vouching for the seafood from the area would go a big way in helping out these businesses. The people who can afford to buy the most expensive, freshest food need to be shown eating some shrimp from the Gulf, not just military families. And until the government steps up and practices what they preach, the Gulf seafood industry is still going to be suffering…

View Source Article

FDA in Bed with Big Business

Published by:

You probably remember the fanatical fear that gripped the nation these last few years in response to a few factories with tainted peanut butter. You may also remember the national panic when spinach was a killer stalking grocery stores across the country. These types of events are notorious for being blown out of proportion by the national media & being chaotic by virtue of bureaucratic over-involvement.

While this may be remembered by many consumers as an annoyance, it is remembered far differently by the corporations that are subjected to massive regulation at the hands of bureaucrats from the FDA as well as dozens of state and local regulators across the country.

For the companies that had to deal with these problems, it was more than an annoyance, but rather an incredibly costly nightmare that they can never allow to happen again. When the peanut butter crisis hit, factories across the country were completely shut down in an attempt to trace the problem to it’s source without contaminating any other consumers. On it’s face this may sound reasonable however it is a massive over reaction that costs untold millions of dollars to the industry and in most cases producing limited results as the contamination is usually traced back to just one factory and by that time the damage has been done. For a business owner or CEO this is absolutely unacceptable.

Enter S.510.

Billed by supporters as the “Food & Safety Modernization Act”, they claim it will help prevent the events I just described. In reality it’s simply a marriage of large corporations and the FDA in an attempt to save the corporations money and grant centralized power over our food supply to the FDA.

First, what does the FDA get out of it?

For national food companies, a key issue they have to deal with is diversity of regulations. One state requires this food label vs another state that has a different requirement. California is particularly infamous for their regulations which go far beyond the “quaint” regulations of the FDA. In cases where California’s regulations conflict with FDA regulations, Federal Preemption causes the FDA to win.  It should come as no surprise that the FDA prefers this outcome.

However, it is well known that the D is much more important than the F in the Food & Drug Administration. For years their focus has been primarily on drugs and as a result, the states have been self regulating to a large degree. This does not sit well with the powers that be at the FDA, but what could they do? It’s not as though people are clamoring to be regulated by the federal government. Or are they?

This takes us to what the large food manufacturers, grocery stores and corporate farms get out of it.

As mentioned above, companies have had to deal with regulations from various states for decades and when these recalls swept through the country over the last few years, “Big Food” had had enough. It was time to streamline the process. Make it so there is only one regulatory agency to deal with. And the FDA was more than happy to comply.

This doesn’t seem so devious yet does it? Well that’s only because I haven’t given you the punchline: The cost. $1.4 billion dollars over the next 4 years.

But not to worry! The companies that lobbied for the bill are more than happy to shoulder the burden of this cost! And by shoulder I mean pass down to the consumer in the form of higher prices on food. All rather than just doing what is necessary on their own dime to ensure a safer process for their customers. Just charge us for the bill, and pass the responsibility off to the government.

A mutually beneficial relationship where the regulated are more than happy to submit as long as the power is centralized at the federal level. This is the first bill that our Senate is pushing through after the massive conservative wins in November.

That it was written by Dick Durbin and sponsored by Chris Dodd should be enough to make anyone concerned. But not our friendly GOP. They’ve signed on in spades in what appears to be the most bi-partisan bill to come down the pike since 2006.

And why not? It’s only a massively expensive, deficit adding, power granting, bureaucratic kiss to large corporations who will raise their prices to pay for it further damaging an already weak economy. What’s not to love?
View Source Article

Food Safety & Modernization Act To Regulate How You Grow Your Food

Published by:

Yesterday, the Senate voted to take up consideration of S.510, the so-called Food Safety Modernization Act, which would grant the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) more control over our diets. The supposed intention behind the legislation is to protect consumers from food-borne illnesses. But will it really?

If passed, the misnamed Food Safety and Modernization Act would authorize the FDA to tell farmers how to grow their crops. Federal bureaucrats who likely know little to nothing about farming will set the guidelines on appropriate temperatures, what soil to use, how much water to use and what animals are allowed to be on certain fields.

A study by Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) office states “on the whole this bill represents a weighty new regulatory structure on the food industry that will be particularly difficult for small producers and farms to comply with (with little evidence it will make food safer)”

Sen. Jon Tester has introduced the “Tester Amendment” which would allegedly prevent these harmful regulations from affecting small family farms. However, Campaign for Liberty says these regulations will still be imposed on whoever the FDA decides. It could even affect your home garden if you sell vegetables or fruits at a local farmers market.

President John Tate states: “Don’t fall for their rhetoric about a few provisions that supposedly address concerns of small-scale farmers; the FDA still has all the power it needs to shut down family farms on a whim. In other words, it will be up to bureaucrats to decide whether or not local food production is decimated by federal regulations or shut down.”

The Congressional Budget Office has calculated that this overreaching bill would cost $1.4 billion between 2011 and 2015. To carry out these new rules, the federal government will hire over 17,000 new bureaucrats. Food producers will likely spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually complying with these unnecessary government regulations. This cost will be passed onto consumers in the form of higher food prices. Big agriculture is one of the largest proponents of the bill since it will likely destroy their competitors who cannot afford the high cost of these regulations.

Since the egg salmonella scare last summer, the misguided bill has gained momentum in the Senate. However, over-regulation—not a lack of regulation— is largely to blame for the recent outbreak of salmonella. According to the Wall Street Journal, “USDA graders pointed to increasingly unsanitary conditions at Wright County Egg — but that the agriculture agency didn’t flag the problems to the FDA…”

Since the FDA is one of 15 agencies that administer numerous laws related to food safety, overlapping and inconsistent oversight often occurs. According to a Government Accountability Office testimony, the FDA and USDA have 1,451 duplicative inspections of food-producing facilities annually. Shouldn’t we seek to get rid of waste and duplicative inspections—not add even more burdensome regulation? The bill would increase the number of inspections and tax food producers to do so.

Since 1996, The Heritage Foundation states that food-borne illnesses have reduced by one third. The free market has provided technological advances that have made food much safer. But why does it seem that food-borne illnesses have increased within recent years? Cato Institute scholar Walter Olsen states “Despite the image that there are more food safety crises in recent years, the reality is that… we are just much better at identifying and tracking the crisis.”

With the economy still suffering, we cannot afford even more burdensome job killing regulation. We must stop this dangerous bill that could destroy independent family farms that provide healthy food choices. Please contact your representatives today and tell to oppose this unconstitutional takeover of food producers!
View Source Article