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Mango recall! Oh no.

Was about to make some fresh mango salsa to go w nachos for lunch and saw a tweet from #woodywood at yeoldefalseflag that led me to-

California health officials are investigating 73 illnesses potentially linked to Salmonella-contaminated mangoes, the California Department of Public Health said Monday.

The news comes two days after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced a recall of mangoes imported from Mexico after several illnesses were linked to consuming the fruit.

Both California and Canada are investigating the same strain: Salmonella Braenderup.

“Preliminary data indicate that mango consumption is associated with an increase in the number of Salmonella Braenderup cases in California,” said CDPH spokesman Matt Conens. “As of today, there are 73 cases with this outbreak strain that have been confirmed.”

Of the patients who have been interviewed, 67 percent reported eating mangoes, according to Conens, but state officials said they have not yet identified specific mango brand or source yet. 



The state agency said it is coordinating investigation with other states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as Canadian health officials.

Over the weekend, Canada recalled Daniella brand mangoes that were sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon between July 12 and August 14. The fruit, which were sold individually, may bear a sticker reading PLU# 4959. © Food Safety News

From the refrigerator- here’s our mango!

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Anyone want to test it? Have receipt. USA Midwest ish area.

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House Resolution 875, or the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., in February. DeLauro’s husband, Stanley Greenburg, works for Monsanto – the world’s leading producer of herbicides and genetically engineered seed.

HR 875/SR425 is the bill that gives the government more control over our food and pesticides and appears to violate the 10th amendment at the same time.  The 10th is the one that specifies that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people

Ck out the legislation here at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c111:1:./temp/~c111UkEuSz:e5014:

Perhaps not intended, but maybe so- HR 875’s legislation is so vague that someone with a backyard garden could see a fine and potentially have their property seized by the governments newest proposed administration, “The Food Safety Administration.”  Currently, the Food and Drug Administration, {FDA} is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, has regulatory jurisdiction over the safety and labeling of 80 percent of the American food supply, encompassing all foods except meat, poultry, and egg products, as well as drugs, medical devices, and biologics.  I wonder if Michelle Obama’s White House Garden is in compliance?

This is more than just an approach to stop disgusting, contaminated peanut butter factories and regulate the likes of super food producers like Tyson, Monsanto, ADM, and distributors like Cysco.  Had the FDA enforced the violations it found in the Georgia peanut factory in the first place, hundreds would not have been sickened or died. 

HR 875 will put organic foods and organic marketers at risk. What is the chance that they would be able to keep up with the broad demands this legislation entails including, the list of pesticides and fertilizers.  Forget the  the organic market out in the country, a street vendor selling home grown tomatoes, or a tomato from your own garden.  Reminds me of  the movie, ” The Godfather,” when every time there is an orange in the scene, someone dies.  What is dying with HR875, is the little guys effort to compete against large food growers, processors and distributors.   

In a further erosion of individual States rights, the bill would legally bind States agriculture to enforce federal guidelines and it seems to stretch all the way into wild game like deer, turkey.  Shouldn’t hunters be concerned? 

“Theres also a chance that as this bill moves through Congressman Waxman’s Energy and Commerce Committee, he could use it as a vehicle for attacking the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 which defends our access to dietary supplements,” writes the Rumor Mills at http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?noframes;read=142795.  What, no more Flintstone Vitamins?  No more Z-cam or C for colds? Certainly the big pharmaceutical companies would have a vested interests in the elimination of over the counter vitamins.  Pharma would rather see a prescription issued for one of their own manufactured pills.

Section 204 of the legislation, “Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall publish in the Federal Register a list of the contaminants in foods that have the greatest adverse impact on public health in terms of the number and severity of illnesses and number of deaths associated with foods regulated under this Act.”  Here come the food police and the hunt will be on.  I think we all, already know eating raw or undercooked shell fish can kill you. 

Currently in existence is CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, with 181 countries now participating .  The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Program. The main purposes of this Program are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations. http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/index_en.jsp

Arguing against, “Codex is one component in a much larger population control, and societal control agenda. Food Control (and Nutrient Control) = People Control, says http://www.nocodexgenocide.com/page/page/3113334.htm.

Under the guise of increased security, the has the FDA is working via the Trilateral Cooperation Charter http://www.fda.gov/oia/charter.html to harmonize the food and drug regulations between the US, Canada and Mexico.

WaPo reported that Obama will ask Congress for $1 billion in new funds to add inspectors and modernize laboratories.  $1 billion more of our tax dollars going to the government.   Ugggghhhh. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/14/AR2009031401600.html

HR 875/S425 may just be like the bailout, TARP and Recovery legislation, no one has read it.  I’d bet the legislation was written by lobbyists and industry experts who, in the long run don’t really care about keeping food safe, only profits and putting the little guy out of business.

http://magicalgodmother.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/monsanto-myths-and-misrepresentation/ offers a peek at some myths about HR 875.

Go ahead and comment, you know you want to.

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Dammit anyways, I am always hungry.  I am a small human mammal that consumes easily 4000 calories per day and luckily I burn it off without gaining weight.  It is important to eat healthy, if for no other reason than to balance out any input of booze and cigarettes.

Sometimes we eat organic, sometimes we eat Big Mac’s from McDonald’s- assuming for the most part our food is safe.  WRONGO.  First peanut butter and now this! 

The FDA has known about cancer causing melamine in our foods for four years and never said a word.  The problem is that no level of mercury is considered safe for consumption especially for kids.  It seems melamine is some sort of a byproduct in the production of High Fructose Corn Syrup which is in a ton of our food products especially those marketed to kids.

How did the heavy metal get in there? “In making HFCS — that “natural” sweetener, as the Corn Refiners Association likes to call it — caustic soda is one ingredient used to separate corn starch from the corn kernel. Apparently most caustic soda for years has been produced in industrial chlorine (chlor-alkali) plants, where it can be contaminated with mercury that it passes on to the HFCS, and then to consumers.” From an Institute for Agriculture Trade Policy study released 01/23/09   http://www.iatp.org/iatp/press.cfm?refID=105025  

 The study,” detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brand name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient—including products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.”

Among the lists of foods in question  http://www.iatp.org/iatp/publications.cfm?accountID=421&refID=105040 and posted in part here http://summertomato.blogspot.com/2009/01/high-fructose-corn-syrup-contaminated.html  is

  • Quaker Oatmeal to Go
  • Coca-Cola Classic
  • Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt
  • Minute Maid Berry Punch
  • Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup
  • Smucker’s Strawberry Jelly
  • NutriGrain Strawberry Cereal Bars
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • PopTarts Frosted Blueberry

Looks like our grocery list for feeding the kids.  The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) http://www.hfcsfacts.com/ completely refutes all this as mumbo jumbo http://www.hfcsfacts.com/HFCS-Mercury-Study-Outdated.html and says that “Our industry has used mercury-free versions of the two re-agents mentioned in the study, hydrochloric acid and caustic soda, for several years.”  Whew, that makes me feel a lot better!  I am so very pleased to know that I am drinking hydrochloric acid and caustic soda. 

To think, I’d almost forgot about using Pepsi and Coke to remove the rust off of chrome car bumpers when I was a kid.  [Am I old or what?]

First, Coke was laced was cocaine, then Sweet ‘n Low, Nutri-Sweet, then Splenda, etc.  Now Coke and Pepsi are identified by the study as containing Mercury. Soon to be available in some markets the pop will contain Truvia, the hail mary of sweeteners from the Stevia weed.   http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/09/stevia/  Further testing for safety for consumers to come.

To prove that mercury is safe for kids, a new study from Italy says that  a mercury-based preservative, thimerosal that once used in many vaccines http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm doesn’t hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents.  http://www.topix.com/us/cdc/2009/01/mercury-vaccine-ok-says-yet-another-study  Whew, I am feeling better and better now! 

What a relief!  Matter of fact, I am feeling so good that I am going to run out and get that mercury free flu shot while eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch,  and then start to think about what to eat for dinner.  I think I’ll wash it all down with a Coke, or maybe a Pepsi. 

http://www.campbellsoup.com/default.aspx  I’m going for Campbell’s Soup, which so far as I know is currently not under review or recalls and contains no peanut butter products being recalled Peanut Corporation of America’s growing list of food.  http://www.newsday.com/iphone/ny-lisalm0125,0,7690328.story

Mmm good.

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