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1 MARCH 2008
'..good evening Mr. and Mrs. North America (Mexico excluded) and all the ships at sea..'

Gossip sites are loaded...Emeril has quit TV Food Network; signed as a franchise to play house with Martha Stewart; merger means $50 million in cash and (Martha's empire) stock to grab the Bam Bam chef's recipe books, TV shows and websites. If the linkage pans gold through 2012. Martha's Living Omnimedia will pad another $20 mill into his skillet. How do we know? CFO.com knows all. John Lennon's spirit remains. Cafe la Fortuna, 69 W. 71st, Upper West Side NYC, has closed after 30 years, victim of a new landlord who wanted to hike rent on the space. Since the original landlord passed on and all original owners joined him, the surviving owner did some math. He said. "To survive, we would have to charge $10 for a cup of coffee." Sounds like a Starbucks neighborhood. It was in all the papers. On 23 Feb, The Wall Street Journal ran this headline: White House Wants to Widen FDA Authority Over Imports. News of lead paint on toys, canned tuna and mushrooms of less than table purity, and tainted pet foods from China apparently was slow to reach Pennsylvania avenue. Shipments of shrimp from Asian waters packed in formaldehyde missed FDA dockside inspections. Final curtain: The leading fish biz trade pub says the two most popular seafoods today are pollock and surimi. The latter is made from the former...becomes compressed pollock with paprika dusting. Read labels. They're good for you.


Lest we forget:
Long before Joe Camel was ruled dangerous to your...

ronald reagan

The purpose of this link...to post news stories and opinion pieces relating to food, water and health issues. This website uses search algorithms to collect food and water issue stories. Click on the HOME page, SOURCES may be noted.
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CRITICAL INFO FOR FREE: This is a free website listing news leads to what takes place on a daily basis in the world's food culture and business. Examples below; Today's news breaks: www.meatingplace.com


www.meatingplace.com

WARNING: You are what you eat. Scary, isn't it? For all the up-to-the-hour food safety alerts, here is your quick-read primer, an example of what's out there to keep you alive. Or, to avoid with knowledge yet to come in the form of ink and pulp on your front porch.

Headlines:

5 OCT 2007. Topps Meat Co. to recall about 22 million pounds of ground beef product linked to an outbreak of E.coli... What happened next? Topps closed down, out-of-business. Meatingplace provided a detailed timeline of the disaster.

9 OCT 2007. New E.coli illness in Wisconsin identical to strain in Cargill recall.

9 OCT 2007. Russian meat imports on the rise: US opportunities on the horizon? All of which begs the question - How will US consumers know source and quality?

10 OCT 2007. Aliki Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 70,400 pounds of chicken and pasta product that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes... Buyers in 12 states had a chance to buy the product prior to recall.

10 OCT 2007. ConAgra ceases pot-pie production at Mo. plant in light of salmonella cases. Well, cancel your plans for that banquet.

12 OCT 2007. Chicago student gobbles his way to chicken wing victory. Ah, gross fun and games with food until someone chokes, dies, sues. Only in America could such be a spectator sport. Next: Beijing calling.

15 OCT 2007. Mexican poultry company planning exports to the US. That should swell ranks of the vegetarians.

16 OCT 2007. Hardee's puts 'complete breakfast' in new burrito offering. Ever wonder where Jay Leno's writers come up with stuff? When Meatingplace culls the food world, Leno's nightly monologue had to include the foolishness of this one. A whopping 920 calories wrapped in a flour tortilla packed with two eggs, bacon, sausage, diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns, all covered with sausage gravy. A Hardee's flack said "it's an entire country breakfast in the palm of your hand." Write your own comment to that.

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TALK Topics: Quick clicks to save your life...

That overloaded Internet is a fantastic read, time permitting. Intent of this website is to cut to the chase in the search for information relating to a growing battle to stay alive.

www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007
Start at the top. Bush's press secretary, Dana Perino, meet with reporters daily in what is called the "press gaggle," It may be in her office, a hallway, the actual WH press room...or aboard Air Force One. Perino's in-flight briefings always give the destination and relate to that day's WH activities of the president. A click into gov/news is a shortcut to all WH news relating to environment, energy, pandemic flu, plus cabinet posts directly important to your survival: Interior, Agriculture, Energy and Health and Human Services. Big Plus: Get the news before 11 o'clock.

www.fsis.usda.gov
Mission: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the US Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. (That is the official USDA line.) Conflicting reports and related news stories posted elsewhere. Big Plus: Background for TALK radio.

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TALK Topics: Selected FSIS Federal agencies.

(Click to pull-up information. Be advised all material and references compiled by government agencies.)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA is charged with protecting consumers against impure, unsafe, and fraudulently labeled products. FDA, through its Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), regulates foods other than the meat, poultry, and egg products regulated by FSIS. FDA is also responsible for the safety of drugs, medical devices, biologics, animal feed and drugs, cosmetics, and radiation emitting devices.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC is at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. CDC conducts a wide range of food safety activities and programs. For example, CDC provides information and knowledge in regards to epidemiology to help FSIS recognize and control outbreaks of foodborne diseases.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA works for a cleaner, healthier environment. EPA's mission includes protecting public health and the environment from risks posed by pesticides and promoting safer means of pest management.

SELECTED USDA AGENCIES

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) APHIS' primary role in the U.S. food safety network of agencies is to protect against plant and animal pests and diseases. APHIS also administers the Animal Welfare Act and carries out wildlife damage management activities.

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) As the agency responsible for administering the nutrition assistance programs of USDA, the Food and Nutrition Service provides children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education. Food safety and security is an important aspect of the USDA nutrition assistance programs.

National Agricultural Library (NAL)
NAL is the U.S. center for the international agricultural information system, coordinating and sharing resources and enhancing global access to agricultural data.


STATE GOVERNMENT

State Departments of Public Health and Agriculture During recalls and other types of investigations, FSIS may work with other agencies including state or local public health departments. This page provides contact information in the form of links to each State's home page, Department of Health page, and Department of Agriculture page.

PARTNERSHIPS

Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE)
The Partnership unites consumer groups, professional societies in food science, nutrition, and health; industry associations, and the U.S. government to educate the public about safe food handling and preparation. FSIS is a Federal government liaison to the Partnership.

Last Modified: January 12, 2007

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