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FDA proposes sweeping
new food safety rules

Associated Press, by Mary Clare Jalonick

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/5/2013 12:59:14 AM

Washington — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue regulations could cost businesses close to half a billion dollars a year to implement, but are expected to reduce the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness. Just since last summer, outbreaks of listeria in cheese and salmonella in peanut butter, mangoes and cantaloupe have been linked to more than 400 illnesses and as many as seven deaths,

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Proposal would force US farmers to spend $500 million annually to "prevent" some 3000 deaths, many of which happen in people who are in very ill health to begin with. That´s $166,667 per "life saved," and that does not include expense of more FDA staff to oversee this folly.

Net effect will be higher prices for consumers, more family farms driven out of business, and increased importation of food from places like Mexico, where a lot of these disease outbreaks originate. Our tax dollars at work.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/5/2013 1:31:05 AM     (No. 9099523)

Does the new regulations involve hand washing and portable toilets in the fields ?


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Reply 2 - Posted by: KTWO, 1/5/2013 1:31:49 AM     (No. 9099524)

The AP certainly likes the new rules and endorses more money for FDA. No surprise.

Article isn´t very helpful. That 3000 deaths/year is an estimate. And the new rules will prevent an unknown fraction of that 3000.

So the cost to save one life would be well over the $166.667 OP calculated.

But there are some positive offsets. Reduced illness means missing fewer days of work. And lower costs for medical care.

I suspect most numbers FTA are guesses. But the rules are here and some lives will be saved.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: LanieLou, 1/5/2013 1:35:16 AM     (No. 9099529)

They lost me at reading it gives FDA more power to close facilities.

No... nada... Great dept. for budget reductions.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 1/5/2013 2:10:51 AM     (No. 9099549)

Here´s a cheaper solution. Ban organic produce. Organic produce is the cause of most food poisoning, and deaths these days.

Organic food is fertilized ONLY with animal waste. Animal waste carries a lot of disease. If you ban orgainic food, you get rid of a lot of animal waste, and as a result, you are less likely to contaminate food.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 1/5/2013 2:25:01 AM     (No. 9099561)

Here comes the communist destroying the food industry...union food workers to follow to raise the prices even further

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Gretchen, 1/5/2013 2:28:23 AM     (No. 9099563)

It is not true that all organic farms use animal waste as fertilizer.

Also, don´t these new rules also affect small family-owned farms? How are they going to be able to afford to comply with yet more regulations?

It seems that Big Ag is making yet another calculated move to put the little guys out of business, since they can absorb the costs of the new rules and the little guy can´t.

Whoever controls the food supply, controls the people. Too many conservatives don´t understand the politics of food production and supply.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 1/5/2013 3:18:06 AM     (No. 9099576)

How will this be applied to small farms and, say, farmer´s markets? Already here in S´W Mo they require farmer market bakers to go through the expensive serve-safe course to get a licence. It´s how they manage to collect a previously untapped tax I guess. Now they´ll have a way to get a tax on produce sales.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: LouD, 1/5/2013 6:58:20 AM     (No. 9099672)

Why do we always have someone who blames big business (Big Ag) for these rules and regulations? It´s always Big Oil, or Big Manufacturers, or Big Someone who gets blamed for these rules. Don´t people realize that the Big fill-in-the-blank have to follow them too, and it costs them more also? That is usually leftist dribble, which tries to blame the producers for everything, while producing nothing but regulations themselves.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Father of Internet, 1/5/2013 8:58:26 AM     (No. 9099882)

When are they going to place restrictions on the abortion pills that cause death of their users? Of course not, that will limit access to birth control on demand. Liberals are SOOOOOOOO transparent.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/5/2013 10:43:28 AM     (No. 9100103)

It´s all about control, not about the health of citizens.

Ever get the feeling that the government does not work for us?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: zoidberg, 1/5/2013 11:14:05 AM     (No. 9100158)

Wouldn´t irradiating food be a cheaper and more effective solution? And spare us any silly comments about glow-in-the-dark tomatoes.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 1/5/2013 12:37:25 PM     (No. 9100325)

Big, bigger and biggest have an interest in the outcome of these things. Like when a company is big enough to sell its product below cost to drive out the competition and then make up the loss and improve the profit picture by raising the price when the competition is gone. Of course that is predatory pricing and illegal under the anti-trust laws. Here the more costly the gov. reg. the fewer that can stay in the game long enough to make the money at gthe back end. Big and Bigger get knocked out. Only better because it is the gov. doing the dirty work for biggest.
As an example, corn results in $200/acre. If you have 100,000 acres you can afford the $50/acres in new gov. reg. costs. If not that is your profit and you are out of business. Now, since there are fewer sources of corn price can (and will) be raised. Of course there are the foreign sources but much of that is Biggest. Big Ag spends big $$$$ on lobbying. Gotta believe they are getting something for their money.
Whether it is intended or not it is the result. The consequences of those results are worth examining.

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