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But the internal documents obtained by the Guardian show the FDA has had trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of the pesticide.

Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food samples for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in hundreds of widely used herbicide products, for two years, but has not yet released any official results.

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You mean they haven’t been all this time?

Heads should roll. Prosecutions for corruption, negligence and malfeasance should go forward.

FDA to Start Testing for Glyphosate in Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation’s chief food safety regulator, plans to start testing certain foods for residues of the world’s most widely used weed killer after the World Health Organization’s cancer experts last year declared the chemical a probable human carcinogen.

The FDA’s move comes amid growing public concern about the safety of the herbicide known as glyphosate, and comes after the U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO)rebuked the agency for failing to do such assessments and for not disclosing that short-coming to the public.

Private companies, academics, and consumer groups have recently launched their own testing and claim to have detected glyphosate residues in breast milk, honey, cereal, wheat flour, soy sauce, infant formula, and other substances.

 

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GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

Monsanto’s lies and its troll army are contradicted in no uncertain terms. They have monkeyed with science in numerous ways, and corrupted the process of ensuring food safety.

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In our view, the science and the risk assessment supporting the Enlist Duo decision are flawed. The science consisted solely of toxicologic studies commissioned by the herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published, not an uncommon practice in U.S. pesticide regulation. These studies predated current knowledge of low-dose, endocrine-mediated, and epigenetic effects and were not designed to detect them. The risk assessment gave little consideration to potential health effects in infants and children, thus contravening federal pesticide law. It failed to consider ecologic impact, such as effects on the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. It considered only pure glyphosate, despite studies showing that formulated glyphosate that contains surfactants and adjuvants is more toxic than the pure compound.

…This decision was made in haste. It was based on poorly designed and outdated studies and on an incomplete assessment of human exposure and environmental effects.

…National Toxicology Program should urgently assess the toxicology of pure glyphosate, formulated glyphosate, and mixtures of glyphosate and other herbicides.

Labeling will deliver multiple benefits. It is essential for tracking emergence of novel food allergies and assessing effects of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops.

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Frankenfish Flops Risk Assessment

…AquAdvantage Salmon reveals that Canadian government scientists found significant problems with the fish, including increased susceptibility to disease and widely inconsistent growth rates. As a result of this newly released draft risk assessment, U.S. NGOs are calling for the U.S. FDA to stop its own review of the fish.

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Proof That the FDA Isn’t Protecting Americans’ Health

But a new study shows the FDA also goes to extreme lengths—from bureaucratic obfuscation to outright redactions—to hide any links between that negligence and any particular drug…

FDA removes any information in those letters that could be tied back to the drug being studied—by omitting or redacting the names of drugs, the names of clinical trials, and any information describing how the misconduct affected the outcome of the trial.

Right now former Monsanto super lobbyist Michael Taylor has crafted new food safety rules at the FDA that could drive tens of thousands of America’s small, local and organic family farmers out of business.

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Groups Demand FDA Respond to Petition to Lower Limit of Radioactivity Allowed in Food; Institute More Robust Testing

Beltsville, MD — (SBWIRE) — 04/03/2014 — The Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN) today responded to statements by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the agency is not advising people “to alter their consumption of specific foods imported from Japan or domestically produced food including seafood…” in the wake of the ongoing radioactive releases at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. The National Academy of Sciences has stated that there is no safe dose of radiation, therefore FFAN rejects the current high levels that FDA recommends for food. 

FFAN coalition member groups Beyond Nuclear, Citizens for Health and Ecological Options Network filed a legal Citizen Petition with the FDA on March 12, 2013 to lower the amount of radioactive cesium allowed in food. The FDA’s only direct response to FFAN’s Citizen Petition is a letter dated June of 2013 stating they require more time to respond. 

Meanwhile Tokyo Electric and Power Co (TEPCO) has admitted to dumping at minimum 300 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific ocean daily, adding to the Pacific Ocean burden and that of its fish. Bluefin tunacaught off San Diego in an August 2012 study demonstrated elevated amounts of Cesium 134 and 137, which are considered characteristic isotopic markers for Fukushima radiation. The American Medical Association (AMA) resolution has called on the U.S. government to test all U.S. seafood for radiation due to Fukushima and fully report the results to the public. In addition, scientists from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography have found levels of cesium in seawater off the Vancouver Canada coast that can be attributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The levels are currently low, but the presence of cesium 134 confirms the contamination to be from Fukushima Daiichi. 

“If the FDA wants to claim seafood is safe, then they need to institute a more robust food testing process. Considering the continued dumping of Fukushima radiation into the Pacific, we need to constantly monitor our seafood because the contamination levels we see today could certainly change. This catastrophe and its impact on seafood will not be over for a very long time,” stated Cindy Folkers of Beyond Nuclear. 

Three years after the nuclear disaster began in Japan on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, FDA has not authorized a rational, transparent, and binding limit for radiation in food. Instead, they recommend at minimum 1,200 Becquerels per kilogram of Cesium 134 and 137, the highest allowable levels for radiation in food in the world. The FDA’s limit is 12 times higher than Japan’s meaning that, in addition to seafood, other food and beverages considered far too dangerous for consumption there can be exported to U.S. citizens, including vulnerable children and pregnant women. FFAN’s petition seeks to significantly lower the current allowable levels of radiation in all food, including seafood to 5 Bq/kg, nearly identical to the limits proposed by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Germany and the EU

“Why does FDA think it is ok to expose kids in the us to 12 times more radioactive poison than children in Japan? Even Japan’s limits are not protective enough. If this is the standard FDA uses to determine what is safe, then our children are in danger,” stated Folkers, adding “Without a responsible contamination limit set, the FDA will doom a certain number of people to unnecessary disease, particularly children who are much more vulnerable to radiation.” 

After the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded in 1986, children in Belarus were found to have heart and hormonal problems with approximately 1% of the current U.S. limit for radioactive Cesium in their bodies. Significant areas in the EU remain off limits to cattle and sheep production 28 years after Chernobyl due to its impact on the environment and food supply. 

“The outsourcing of testing to other countries food programs and a lack of transparency in FDA’s own testing has left consumers flying blind when it comes to making personal decisions about food safety,” says Nancy Foust of SimplyInfo.org. “The current FDA intervention level for radiation in food is far too high and does not consider all the research on health consequences.”

The AMA joins FFAN in demanding the public’s ‘Right to Know’ regarding radiation levels in food. Both want a national database and transparent seafood testing, and FFAN invites others to join in demanding that FDA reduce the amount of radiation permitted in our food in a transparent and responsible manner.Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN)is a coalition of groups and concerned citizens working for safe food policy in the U.S. 

NEWS FROM FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT AWARENESS NETWORK www.FFAN.us 

CONTACT:Cindy Folkers, Radiation and Health Specialist at Beyond Nuclearwww.beyondnuclear.org 240-354-4314 

Nancy Foust, research team member of SimplyInfo.org and the Fukushima Project 605-413-4282 www.Simplyinfo.org

 

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Learn about radiation contamination:

The Future Children of Fukushima

 

This film won Matthew McConaughey the Oscar for best performance. The story is trueish, and concerns an eye-opening tale of a corrupt, rigged federal drug approval system.

But the actions on screen are about a Texas rodeo rider / oil rig electrician who finds out one day that he has AIDS. Ron Woodroof is an unlikable, homophobic jerk.  His life consists of drugs, hookers and boozin’ with his crew.  The news that he has been infected is such a shocker and a wake-up call that he literally doesn’t believe it for a while.  When doctors give him 30 days to live, he suddenly has a mission and a purpose.

From here Ron enters the early days of HIV treatment, when doctors, drug companies, the feds and the desperate, dying patients of the world don’t know what works or what doesn’t.  What’s been approved, AZT, has so many side effects that it could be said to help kill off the patients it purports to help.  When Ron is unable to get this, the only treatment known, he heads down to Mexico to make it happen.  That’s when his eyes are truly opened.

A doctor in a Mexican clinic has an assortment of other drugs, better drugs from around the world that are not approved in the US.  Suddenly the opportunities are clear, and this is life or death.

Ron goes into business, a drug/supplement/treatment channel that would come to be known as the Dallas Buyer’s Club. 

This serious drama touches many nerves, including homophobia, our shared humanity, corruption, the control of medicine, freedom and medical necessity.  The entire story of AIDS is interwoven in the background, as one take no prisoners cowboy will not hear “no.”  Ron ends up in Japan, in Europe, Israel, anywhere there is promise of a cure.

What’s more, the story presents Ron and his Mexican doctor as being on the forefront of understanding the disease, miles ahead of regulators and bureaucrats.  Even doctors are shown as compromised and corrupted by the money changers.

How true the science is, one cannot say without more research.  The drive and determination of the character, however, are done well enough to take that Oscar home.  This is a character driven film, and Ron Woodroof shed his old self in pursuit of a better life where he made a difference in the world.  The supporting cast are fantastic, believable and provide the humor and charm along the way.

Definitely a must-see.

4.5 / 5

 

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McConaughey and Jared Leto are in this actor’s roundtable:

 

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Doctors demand that corrupt Obama regime protect the public from radiation.

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently passed a resolution asking the US “to monitor and fully report the radioactivity levels of edible Pacific Ocean species sold in the United States that could reasonably have been exposed to radiation from the ongoing Fukushima disaster…”. Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN), of which Beyond Nuclear is a coalition member, released a press statement applauding this recognition by the AMA that the US public has a right to know the contamination levels in their Pacific seafood and the potential health risks posed. FFAN now asks that the AMA support the official citizen petition effort to get the US FDA to lower allowable limits in our food supply generally. In addition, FFAN has created a public petition which will go to the FDA, US Congress and President Obama.

More on the damage from radiation contamination inside the body:

The Future Children of Fukushima

 

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Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as Spore-crystal Strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2Aa in Swiss Albino Mice

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Formulated and sporulated cultures of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have been widely used against insect pests, but after the advent of genetically modified plants expressing δ-endotoxins, the bioavailability of Cry proteins has been increased. For biosafety reasons their adverse effects should be studied, mainly for non-target organisms. Thus, we evaluated, in Swiss albino mice, the hematotoxicity and genotoxicity of four Bt spore-crystals genetically modified to express individually Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2A, administered alone by gavage with a single dose of 27 mg/Kg, 136 mg/Kg or 270 mg/Kg, 24 h, 72 h or 7 days before euthanasia. Binary combinations of these four spore-crystal proteins were also assayed at 270 mg/Kg with a single administration 24 h before euthanasia. Control mice received filtered water or cyclophosphamide at 27 mg/kg. For hematotoxicity evaluations, blood samples were drawn by cardiac puncture and processed in a multiple automated hematology analyzer; for genotoxicity analyses, micronucleus test was carried out in mice bone marrow cells. Spore-crystal administrations provoked selective hematotoxicity for the 3 exposure times, particularly for erythroid lineage. A significant reduction in bone marrow cell proliferation demonstrated cytotoxic but not genotoxic effects. These effects persisted for all exposure times, becoming more evident at 7 days.Similar results were observed for binary combinations at 24 h, suggesting that further studies are required to clarify the mechanism involved in the hematotoxicity found in mice, and to establish the toxicological risks to non-target organisms, especially mammals, before concluding that these microbiological control agents are safe for mammals.

Wikipedia:

“In 1995, potato plants producing Bt toxin were approved safe by the Environmental Protection Agency, making it the first pesticide-producing crop to be approved in the USA”

Bt-CORN: WHAT IT IS:

“Examples of GMO field crops include Bt-potatoes, Bt-corn, Bt-sweet corn,”

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REUTERS: US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender

 

 

 

Corporate thugs need to be hunted down and locked up.  What good is having Special Forces and SEALs if they can’t go after the real bad guys?

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Katherine Eban Exposes Massive Fraud at Generic Lipitor Manufacturer

I uncovered a presentation that was given in 2004, to a subcommittee of Ranbaxy’s Board of Directors. It was the result of an internal investigation into the fraud. The presentation, before the CEO, board chairman and others, made clear that Ranbaxy had lied to regulators and falsified data worldwide. “More than 200 products in more than 40 countries” have “elements of data that were fabricated to support business needs,” the PowerPoint stated. It noted that in entire markets — including Brazil, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Peru, and the Dominican Republic — the company had simply not tested the drugs and had invented all the data.

…The Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo, Ranbaxy’s majority owner, announced that it may be pursuing legal remedies against “certain former shareholders” (perhaps the former CEO Malvinder Singh, and his brother, who sold their shares for $2 billion) for misrepresenting the true state of the company, and the FDA’s investigation, at the time it purchased the company. But the real question for American consumers is, what are the FDA and Congress doing to ensure that generic drugs from overseas are safe?