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« Reply #15: May 30, 2007, 07:42:20 pm »

US on Mad Cow: Don't Test All Cattle


That is just bizarre.  The way it was explained to me, here in Ontario it costs about $20 to test a cow.  Divide that up in the total usable poundage and it's not really that much of an increase.

It was hearsay, though.  Maybe the test is more expensive there, or I've got my numbers wrong or something.  You'd just think that after all the fuss that test would be madatory rather than verboten.

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« Reply #16: May 30, 2007, 07:46:01 pm »

That is just bizarre.  The way it was explained to me, here in Ontario it costs about $20 to test a cow.  Divide that up in the total usable poundage and it's not really that much of an increase.

It was hearsay, though.  Maybe the test is more expensive there, or I've got my numbers wrong or something.  You'd just think that after all the fuss that test would be madatory rather than verboten.

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« Reply #17: May 30, 2007, 07:50:07 pm »

I am so shaking my head over this one.

You would think with all the food contamination recently from peanut butter to pet food, common since would prevail.
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« Reply #18: May 30, 2007, 10:26:10 pm »

You would think with all the food contamination recently from peanut butter to pet food, common since would prevail.

This is the Bush Administration, which is not noted for common sense.
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« Reply #19: May 31, 2007, 05:34:31 pm »

US on Mad Cow: Don't Test All Cattle
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Perhaps my awareness of US socioeconomic policy is out of date, but if what Creekstone was doing was dumping cattle feces into someone's water supply, wouldn't the Bush Admin be all about how bad regulatory interference is?  Yet when they want to adopt a company policy that's pro-public-health, regulatory interference is just dandy.  Hypocricy much?

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« Reply #20: May 31, 2007, 10:47:04 pm »



Okay, to sum up this thread so far: We should no longer import food from China and the Bush Regime puts big businesses over public safety.  The latter doesn't surprise me and I wonder why were even getting seafood from China in the first place.  Have he already over fished American waters?  Oh yeah, Bush doesn't care about that either.

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« Reply #21: June 01, 2007, 05:13:11 pm »

Avoid toothpaste made in China, FDA says

WASHINGTON - The government warned consumers on Friday to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it may contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze.

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« Reply #22: June 01, 2007, 07:56:26 pm »

From the article: "Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive test, too." So naturally the Bush administration is siding with large company profits over human safety -- and small company innovation. This is the type of "lawsuit abuse" that needs to be stopped, IMHO.


Well, after all you really don't expect big companies to be thinking of their customers well being.  That would be going agaist a long history of operations.  And probablly agaist the base principles of one or more political parties and maybe religions. Angry

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« Reply #23: June 01, 2007, 08:53:16 pm »

Avoid toothpaste made in China, FDA says

No wonder China's economy is doing so well. Businesses apparently are allowed to do anything they want there (so long as it doesn't attack the Communist Party, I assume).
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« Reply #24: June 02, 2007, 12:37:20 am »

No wonder China's economy is doing so well. Businesses apparently are allowed to do anything they want there (so long as it doesn't attack the Communist Party, I assume).

Sadly, I think you're right.  I think someone should start a movement to boycott food/drinks/anything-you-can-put-in-your-mouth that was produced in China.
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« Reply #25: June 02, 2007, 05:55:45 pm »



Finally, something not about China!

Caution: Some soft drinks may seriously harm your health
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The problem - more usually associated with ageing and alcohol abuse - can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.

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« Reply #26: June 02, 2007, 07:21:46 pm »

I knew pop was bad for you, but damn.

I'm seeing a huge warning flag about this research -- from the article:

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Now, an expert in ageing at Sheffield University, who has been working on sodium benzoate since publishing a research paper in 1999, has decided to speak out about another danger. Professor Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology, tested the impact of sodium benzoate on living yeast cells in his laboratory.

It looks like he decided to go to the papers with his results rather than a peer-reviewed journal. This always has me questioning the research.
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« Reply #27: June 02, 2007, 07:32:02 pm »

I'm seeing a huge warning flag about this research -- from the article:

It looks like he decided to go to the papers with his results rather than a peer-reviewed journal. This always has me questioning the research.

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« Reply #28: June 03, 2007, 12:05:31 am »

This is a general reply to the thread.

I'm kind of a fan of conspiracy theories and Macchiavellian plots, so  don't take this too seriously.  BUT, just before all these reports on Chinese food imports started hitting the news I watched a documentary/news special (much sensationalized) about how much the US had become a debtor nation to foreign countries, China in particular.

Viewed from a certain skewed and cynical viewpoint, all this is starting to look like a long-range plan to make sure that when the US gov't or corporate world decides not to pay those debts the people will be so worked up and China-phobic that they will be cheering them on.  Or the threat of such could get some 'good' trade concessions for the corporations.

Propaganda as a marketing strategy?  Mind you, I haven't read the actual analyses of the products.  My chemistry/biology/whatever isn't up to it.

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« Reply #29: June 03, 2007, 02:25:34 am »

This is a general reply to the thread.

That sounds just far-fetched enough to make sense.  It's not the Muslim Extremist we have to worry about, it's our allies.  And no one is dumb enough to try to invade Chi--I'm not going to finish this statement because I can already think of one who is Roll Eyes
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