Monday, June 06, 2016

Who's protecting the food supply?

Are you up on your recalls?

Here are a few of the Food and Drug Administration's most recent recalls.

06/04/2016 MaraNatha   Sunflower Seed Butter   Listeria monocytogenes MaraNatha
06/04/2016 PediaSmart   Dairy Vanilla complete nutrition beverage powder packaged in 12.7 ounce cans   Possible under-delivery of nutrition using included scoop Nature's One
06/03/2016 Mountain Thins   Trail Mix   Listeria monocytogenes Brown & Haley
06/03/2016 Hostess   Snack cakes, donuts   Undeclared peanut Hostess Brands LLC
06/03/2016 Kashi, Bear Naked   Snack bars, granola, granola bars   Listeria monocytogenes Kashi Company
06/03/2016 Jarlsberg   Cheese spread, cookies and cream dessert   Undeclared eggs Chelsea Food Services
06/03/2016 Hickory Harvest, IM Good, Sheetz, and others   Sunflower Kernels   Listeria monocytogenes Hickory Harvest Foods
06/03/2016 Atkins   Various Bar Products   Listeria monocytogenes Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
06/03/2016 Bayou Brothers   Creole sauce   Undeclared fish Bayou Brothers
06/03/2016 Hy-Vee   Salad topping, trail mix, trail mix bars, protein bars   Listeria monocytogenes Hy-Vee, Inc.

110 years ago, the FDA came into being (via then-President Teddy Roosevelt).  It's task has always been to protect the public (public safety).

And a number of things fall under its scope including cosmetics and medicine.

But what we're concerned with for this piece is the issue of the food.

Food safety.

101 bad dystopian novels and films -- usually geared at 'young readers' -- have gotten attention in recent years despite the fact that they've lacked even 1/4 of the power of Margaret Atwood's novel ORYX AND CRAKE.

That novel paints a world no one should want to end up in but a world that's not really that far removed from today.

Our food safety is a serious issue.

At some point, maybe so-called serious political candidates could start addressing the issue?

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