Truth or Consequences

Sometimes what the FDA doesn’t say is as damning as what they do say.

The truth needs no defense; it’s the lack of truth that has proved so damning in recent months.

They have admitted that the contaminated wheat and rice glutens, and protein concentrate go back at least as far as July of 2006.

They have stated that the 6000 or so hogs, currently testing positive for melamine poisoning will not be allowed to enter the human food chain.

Officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration expect that approximately 6,000 hogs, now under quarantine, will be euthanized even as they announced that the likelihood of illness after eating pork from the animals is very low. The affected hogs are in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah.

They have also stated they will not be issuing a recall on pork.
Hmmm, let’s think about this….

The FDA assessment that, if there were to be harm to human health, it would be very low, is based on a number of factors, including the dilution of the contaminating melamine and melamine-related compounds from the original rice protein concentrate as it moves through the food system. First it is a partial ingredient in the pet food; second, it is only part of the total feed given to the hogs; third, it is not known to accumulate in the hogs and the hogs excrete melamine in their urine; fourth, even if present in pork, pork is only a small part of the average American diet. Neither FDA nor USDA has uncovered any evidence of harm to the swine from the contaminated feed. In addition to the dilutional factor and the lack of evidence of illnesses in the swine fed the waste pet food, we are not aware of any human illness that has occurred from exposure to melamine or its by-products.

So the question is, if the contaminated hogs are to be destroyed why
Is the rest of the pork not being recalled?

Low risk, Isn’t this the same government agency that 3 weeks ago assured us that there was NO threat to the human food supply?

Conversely if there is low threat why are the hogs being destroyed?

Heh.

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