Last year saw a great number of widely publicized instances of food fraud and general nastiness when it came to the various items many of us regularly put in our bodies. From “fake tuna,” to rat meat in the streets of Shanghai, to alcohol in New Jersey diluted with “river water,” the list was seemingly endless.
While 2014 has been off to a slow start, it appears the corporate food industry in America is trying to make up for lost time. According to a news release from the USDA on Valentine’s Day titled: “California Firm Recalls Unwholesome Meat Products Produced Without the Benefit of Full Inspection,” we discover that:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2014 – Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection. Thus, the products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
Oh, and by the way, this is a Class I recall. What does that mean?
Basically if you live California, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas and Washington you should stay away from Hot Pockets.
Scratch that. You should stay away from Hot Pockets no matter where you live. Forever.
Full USDA release here.
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In today’s America it’s no longer about doing the right thing. It’s about covering up the wrong thing. It’s about protecting the rich and powerful at all costs and criminalizing and destroying those that dare to challenge them. With all the recent food fraud recently and the realization that there appears to actually be no such thing as “white tuna,” you might expect to see new regulations that ensure food safety and better practices within the production chain. Not so. In fact, some states are moving in the complete opposite direction. From Think Progress we learn about so called “ag-gag” bills:
As state legislatures begin their 2013 sessions, a flurry of new “ag gag” bills to protect factory farms from potential undercover whistleblowers have been introduced in 5 states. This week, the Indiana Senate is debating a proposal to criminalize taking photographs or videos inside an agricultural or industrial operation without permission.
Senate Bill 373 is the first of two ag gag bills introduced during Indiana’s 2013 session. New Hampshire, Nebraska, Wyoming and Arkansas are also considering them.
Since trespassing is already illegal, ag gag laws can only have one clear motive: to punish whistleblowers, advocates, and investigative reporters who use undercover recordings to reveal the abysmal conditions in which our food is produced. Undercover investigations have captured factory farms all over the country abusing livestock, passing off sick cattle as healthy, and discharging unregulated amounts of animal manure, which the US Geological Survey identified as the largest source of nitrogen pollution in the country.
Indeed, factory farms have largely escaped regulatory and legal scrutiny. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency abandoned an effort to require these operations to report even basic information like location, number of animals, and amount of manure discharged. Meanwhile, the meat lobby’s grip on lawmakers is so powerful that the USDA was pressured into apologizing for an internal “Meatless Monday” last year by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who claimed the optional vegetarian day was a full-scale attack on agriculture.
As more and more information emerges about the food stamp program in the United States, the more absurd and downright disturbing the entire thing becomes. I first posted on the topic in late June with the piece The Government is Encouraging More Food Stamp Usage, Calling it “Stimulus”. I thought this was ridiculous enough, but only a couple of weeks later it become mainstream news that the USDA was using Spanish-language soap operas to encourage “non-citizens” to enroll in the free food program (as a result of public outrage the USDA actually removed those videos from its website). Oh, but the rabbit hole goes far deeper. We now find out that the USDA has an official agreement with the Mexican government to boost participation. I wish I was kidding but one of the English and Spanish posters used to market food stamps to Mexicans is actually titled “Food Stamps Make America Stronger.”
It has now become so obvious that TPTB are engaged in a deliberate and desperate scramble to get as many people living in the United States as dependent as possible on the government for survival. Hungry people that need handouts are obedient slaves. It really is that simple.
The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
“USDA and the government of Mexico have entered into a partnership to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” the USDA explains in a brief paragraph on their “Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance” web page. “Mexico will help disseminate this information through its embassy and network of approximately 50 consular offices.”
Sessions isn’t simply concerned that the USDA has eschewed transparency with their Mexican partnership or that legal immigrants are encouraged to get on the government’s handout rolls — he is also worried about the lack of protections against undocumented immigrants receiving benefits for which they are not qualified.
As the senator detailed in his letter to Vilsack, and the USDA’s 2011 Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility for SNAP explains, although undocumented immigrants are usually not eligible to enroll in SNAP, illegals may enroll their eligible children.
It is up to the states to determine if applicants or households are qualified aliens. In some circumstances, SNAP benefits can be conferred upon people who merely state, upon penalty of perjury, that they are in the country legally.
“Applicants need only attest that they are citizens of the United States, and the state must accept that attestation as conclusive,” Sessions explained in his letter.
Mexico is the only country with which USDA has a nutrition assistance outreach partnership agreement.
Full article from the Daily Caller is here.
The government is using Spanish soap operas to encourage non-citizens into the food stamp program. We are desperately trying to hang on to America’s top ranking in food stamps, ponzi schemes and prisons. Your government at work!
The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio “novelas” promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
In addition to the Spanish-language outreach, the USDA is also pushing to get non-citizens enrolled in the program. The radio novelas overcome one of the hurdles the agency has identified as hampering participation: “lack of knowledge” about the program.
“Although many non-citizens are now eligible for SNAP, SNAP participation has been historically low among eligible non-citizen households,” reads a 2011 Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility.
In the 1970s, one in 50 Americans were on food stamps — today that figure is one in seven. SNAP spending has doubled since 2008 and quadrupled since 2001.
Read the full article from The Daily Caller here.
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We have hit a new low ladies and gentleman. Our very own Department of Agriculture is actively trying to push more and more people into the food stamp program, or SNAP. The reason? They think it is an economic stimulus! Only Paul Krugman could be proud of such a stupidity. From the USDA’s website:
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the cornerstone of the Nation’s nutrition safety net and an investment in our future. The FSP offers the opportunity for improved nutrition and progress toward economic self-sufficiency for participants. Even a small increase in SNAP participation can have a substantial economic impact since every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in additional community spending.
But wait, it gets even better. They also suggest Americans throw food stamp parties to encourage their neighbors to sign up. Also from the USDA:
Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle.
Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and
provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game
format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a “true/false” quiz is
fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.
For more, please see these links here and here.