Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Incredible, Inedible Eggs

Egg Recall Grows to Affect Entire Country

The massive egg recall due to salmonella contamination is the latest proof that the government is incapable of or does not in fact want to protect the American people from dangerous foods. Alex Jones spoke briefly on the radio today about the recall, saying he thought the government may have staged the salmonella problem as part of the overall push to federalize the entire business of food in the United States. I personally don't think they put salmonella in the eggs. They don't have to. All the government has to do is to keep on looking the other way, failing to properly inspect the giant agribusiness, and problems like this will occur naturally.

I'm sure you remember the massive spinach recall a couple of years back, when it was literally impossible to buy bagged spinach at the grocery store. We had the lettuce recall, I seem to remember a recall of green onion sparked by people sickened at Taco Bell, then a couple of times a year there are massive recalls of beef, chicken, pork and turkey meat. There currently are recalls of deli meat and beef. Let's take a look at just the past seven days' worth of recalls from the FDA:

# August 25, 2010 - Cardenas Market Brand Label Included in Wright County Egg Recall
# August 25, 2010 - Trafficanda Egg Ranch Initiates Voluntary Recall of Medium, Large, X Large, & Jumbo AA Cartons; 5 Dozen Medium Over Wrap & 20 Count Over Wrap, Fresh Shell Eggs Because of Possible Health Risk
# August 24, 2010 - Natural Wellness, Inc. Issues a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Masxtreme Capsules, Marketed as a Dietary Supplement - 08/24/10
# August 24, 2010 - Azteca Linda Corp. Recalls Queso Fresco and Queso Hebra because of Possible Health Risk
# August 23, 2010 - Moark, LLC, of Fontana, California, Recalls Shell Eggs Supplied From Hillandale Farms of Iowa Because of Possible Health Risk
# August 20, 2010 - Integra Issues URGENT Worldwide Recall of NeuroBalloonTM Catheter
# August 20, 2010 - Lubersk i Inc., Initiates Voluntary Recall of Large Fresh Shell Eggs Because of Possible Health Risk
# August 20, 2010 - GloryBee Foods Recalls Whole Raw Pistachio and Whole Raw Pistachio Kernels Because of Possible Health Risk
# August 20, 2010 - NuCal Foods Conducts Recall of Shell Eggs Supplied from Hillandale Farms of Iowa Because of Possible Health Risk
# August 20, 2010 - Milton's Baking Voluntarily Recalls 24 oz. Multi-Grain Bread in Three States For Undeclared Milk in Some Loaves
# August 20, 2010 - Hillandale Farms of Iowa Conducts Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Shell Eggs Because of Possible Health Risk
# August 19, 2010 - COUNTRY Eggs, Inc. Initiates Voluntary Recall of Large AA Loose 15 dozen Fresh Shell Eggs Because of Possible Health Risk
# August 19, 2010 - Austinuts Wholesale, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Pistachio Kernel Products
# August 19, 2010 - Salmonella in Alfalfa Sprouts
# August 18, 2010 - Wright County Egg Expands Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Shell Eggs Because of Possible Health Risk
# August 18, 2010 - Moonstruck Chocolate Co. Issues Nationwide Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut-Butter Filling in Their 4 Piece Cream Cone Chocolate Truffle Collection and 12 Piece Chocolate Malted (or Malt) Cream Cone Chocolate Truffles
# August 18, 2010 - Glow Industries, Inc. Issues Nationwide Recall of Mr. Magic Male Enhancer from Don Wands Amended
# August 18, 2010 - J & H Besta Expands Nationwide Recall of Slim-Herb Supplement to Include Lot 6032101 Found to Contain an Undeclared Drug Ingredient
# August 18, 2010 - Montalvan’s Sales, Inc. Recalls “La Nuestra” Brand Frozen Mamey Because of Potential Health Risk

Fantastic. You might say wait, this proves the FDA are doing a good job if they are finding contaminated or wrongly-formulated food and products like diet supplements. That's only half the story -- finding the products are faulty once they are in the retail consumer chain. What they should be doing a much better job of is inspecting the large, corporate farms, dairies, ranches, meat packing plants, food processing plants and the factories that make drugs and dietary supplements. But they aren't and it's because of the same reason why the government lets big companies get away with violations which mom-and-pop operations would be crucified for: the government is bought and paid for by these giant mega-corporations in the same way that they are also owned by the banksters.

It's a buddy system where if you're a friend, a patron of your Congressman or Senator, you can get away with murder. Well, manslaughter anyway -- almost every time one of these giant recalls is announced it is on the heels of stories of dead Americans. Thus far I haven't heard any deaths reported from the eggs, just of violently ill people. But there are probably still a lot of recalled eggs out there in people's refrigerators that should have been thrown away. More people will likely get ill from the eggs, since there are people who will hear news of a recall but not take the time to check the carton they bought.

The whole FDA failure to properly regulate the food industry is just another example of what Jones talks constantly about -- we pay ever increasing taxes and get in return ever diminishing services. Police departments like that of Oakland will no longer respond to car thefts or poisonings or over two dozen other serious crimes. But Soetorobama wants a carbon tax, Pelosi and Reid want a V.A.T. and Philadelphia is trying to charge people $300 for the privilege of exercising their First Amendment right to free speech, should anyone dare to write a weblog. It's a disgusting slide into tyranny we are witnessing. The egg recall may not seem connected in any way, but everything is connected at some level. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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