Forum Post: USDA recalls more than 60 Million Pounds of conventional meat products in 2011 for bacterial contamination - and Health Inspectors Are Worried About Raw Milk?
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USDA recalls more than 60 million pounds of conventional meat products in 2011 for bacterial contamination - and health inspectors are worried about raw milk?
Thursday, December 29, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Health authorities spend an excessive amount of time, energy, and public resources creating an uproar about the so-called dangers of raw milk. They continually go after farmers and customers. But these same authorities are doing far less to address the very real and widespread dangers associated with the conventional meat supply, more than 60 million pounds that was recalled just in 2011 alone.
A quick review of just the current and active recalls posted on the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website shows that more than 60 million pounds of beef, pork, chicken, and turkey products were recalled in 2011 for contamination with Listeria, E. Coli, and salmonella, a total of 60 million pounds http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp
And this is just the meat products that are still in the process of being recalled. There are literally tens of thousands more pounds of meat products that were fully recalled in 2011: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Recall_Case_Archive/index.asp ...Together, this is a massive amount of meat mass, and there are likely tens of thousands of people that ate this tainted meat before the USDA and the companies that produced it got around to recalling it.
If conventional meat were treated the same as raw milk, it would be outlawed
But were any of these companies shut down? Did any of them have all their products forcibly recalled over unfounded suspicion that they may have been tainted? Did any of them have their entire businesses quarantined while bumbling bureaucrats dragged their feet testing the products in question to determine whether or not such drastic actions were even necessary in the first place?
The answer to this, of course, is a resounding no. All of this overreactive tyranny is reserved for small-scale producers of raw, organic foods, and for honest companies like Organic Pastures Dairy (OPD), which had its entire business shut down for over a month because of five unconfirmed cases of E. Coli, which were later determined to have nothing to do with the dairy's raw milk products. http://www.naturalnews.com/034458_Organic_Pastures_raw_milk_Mark_McAfee.html
And this is how raw milk is treated everywhere. Nearly half of the country has laws in place that either highly restrict or fully ban access to raw milk, despite the fact that conventional meat -- not to mention most of the factory food supply -- is much more dangerous. In reality, conventional meat products, not raw dairy products, belong in the class of food products that are considered inherently dangerous and worthy of being more highly regulated, if not banned altogether.
And yet federal and state health officials would like us all to believe that raw milk is the real danger, and that it comes out of cow and goat udders filled with deadly bacteria. And the only way to make it safe, of course, is to blast it with heat and force it through a mechanism that breaks apart the natural fat cells and turns them into a toxin.
In reality, conventional meat products are far more prone to deadly disease than raw milk, and this has been made abundantly clear just by the sheer volume of conventional meat products that were recalled during this past year. So perhaps the USDA, FDA, and state health authorities will get a clue in 2012 and spend more time focusing on one of the real purveyors of foodborne illness -- the conventional meat supply.
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Occupy GMOs: Protesters Block Access to Manufacturing Plant Filled With Animal 'Frankenfeed'
Saturday, November 19, 2011 /// by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Tired of the quiet import and use of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the animal food supply throughout Europe, a group of protesters in France has decided to make a statement by blockading the entrances of the Glon Sanders animal feed plant in Saint-Gerard, Morbihan, France. The company's more than 200 employees have been unable to come to work for some time now, which means that production has stopped at the plant, and its offices remain empty.
Most of Europe is staunchly opposed to GMOs in general, which is why they are hardly ever sold there, and why they must be properly labeled if they are. But GMOs have been furtively making their way into the European food supply via animal feed, which is often laced with GM soy, corn, and other contaminated ingredients thanks to labeling loopholes that permit "non-GMO" livestock to consume GM feed.....
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Monsanto partners with USAID to push GM corn in Nepal
Sunday, November 20, 2011 /// by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The southeast Asian country of Nepal is once again having to fight against foreign interests that are trying to take over its agricultural system. Biotechnology giant Monsanto apparently has its sights set on bringing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) to this sliver of a country just north of India, and it is allegedly working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a so-called humanitarian group, and officials in Nepal to make it happen.
USAID issued a statement on Sept. 13, 2011, saying that it had partnered with Nepal's Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoACs) and Monsanto to "promote hybrid maize (corn) seeds among 20,000 farmers of Chitwan, Nawalparasi and Kavre districts and provide training to them." Media across Nepal quickly picked up on the story, and massive public outcry ensued.
GMOs are not widely cultivated in Nepal, and the country has always taken a very cautious approach to adopting them. In fact, when it was discovered that some GMO ingredients had potentially already contaminated the nation's food supply back in 2003, government officials quickly made precautionary recommendations at the time to require GMO labeling on all food items.
But with multinational corporations and the US government working overtime to force GM corn on Nepali farmers, Nepal appears to be getting pushed to the brink of no return. Though Nepal still imports some of its corn from elsewhere, the country is having no problems with the conventional, organic, and heirloom varieties it currently cultivates, and has no need whatsoever for GM varieties.
Since the controversy erupted, Nepali officials have reportedly backed off from the plan. Hari Dahal, joint secretary at MoACs, told reporters recently that his agency had "no idea why USAID issued the statements saying that the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives was partnering with Monsanto" because "no agreement had been signed."
USAID was a little more ambiguous about whether or not MoACs was specifically involved in the matter, but the agency did make it very clear that it is working with Monsanto to promote GMOs around the world, including in Nepal. And based on the way Monsanto continues to thrust GMOs on the people of India just to the south, there is no doubt that the biotech giant is doing the same thing to people of Nepal as we speak.