FDA To Get More Muscle?

Following the outrageous case of the Georgia-based Peanut Corporation of America knowingly supplying salmonella-contaminated peanuts to the food industry, supermarkets and other retail outlets, which led to nine deaths and almost seven hundred cases of salmonella infections, lawmakers are now looking to do something that should have been done years ago.

Give the Food & Drug Administration more muscle.

The new legislation proposed by a Senate bill, would allow the FDA access to food company records and test results, and give it the power to order mandatory food recalls, which, incredibly, it cannot currently do.

Funding for the FDA would also be increased.

Mercury Rising

Not only is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) not good for us – despite how the corn refining companies dress it up, it’s still empty calories that we can do without – it’s found that up to 50% of it contains mercury.

Still, there is perhaps some light at the end of the tunnel. Last month 140 nations got together to develop an international treaty to phase out as much mercury use as possible. Not only that, but the U.S. was one of the leaders in pushing for this internationally binding legislation.

On the domestic front congress could help this by phasing out the use of mercury cell technology in domestic chlorine plants.

The U.S FDA should test HFCS for mercury content AND make those findings public.

We can all help, by cutting down on consumption of products containing HFCS.

“Made From” Stevia Controversy

goodfoodcampaignsteviaI’m very leery of the new things being done with Stevia, by Coca Cola and PepsiCo. I’m not sure, yet, how to feel about Rebiana.  It is a recipe.  Recipes can be patented. Patents mean money.  Not Health.

I’ve spent years reading the bans on Stevia.  I think its a joke that Monsanto and NutraSweet had so much clout to blocking Stevia [PDF].  Then, after the ban was lifted, circa 1991, when I really needed to learn how to use it, it was illegal to call it a “sweetener” but only a “food additive” and so it stopped many recipes that I needed.

Stevia is so bad, for us, that people are not dropping dead, from it, in other countries, where it has been legal and openly marketed, for over 25 years.

I have a real problem with the GRAS approval, from the FDA, because money is being thrown into manufacturing and genetically modifying a natural plant.

Truvia? PureVia? Is this just Steviaside?  Or is Rebiana some by-product of Steviaside?  Can we believe what they tell us? Truvia is made by Coke. Purevia is made by Pepsi.

What is Erythritol? Its a sugar alcohol made from Corn.  Mixed with Stevia, it seems to break the bitter after-taste. Hmmm

Coke pushed their idea, before approval, and that seemed okay.. when other manufacturer’s have been stopped, at customs, from entering our country.

Celestial Seasonings, Sara Lee, Lipton, Nestle, and Sunkist are just some of the brand names, we may be familiar with, that have had products seized at American borders, by the FDA, in recent years.

Now, it is OK, by FDA standards and Federal Law, for Coke to bring out SpriteGreen, and some new Odwalla Juices. Pepsi is bringing out Sobe Life Water.  All are sweetened,  with their own version of Stevia/Erythritol. SpriteGreen also contains sugar.

I’ve looked up individual brands.  I’m not comfortable that we are so big on grabbing and running with everything, new.  Everyone seems to be fixated on substituting sugar, instead of modifying, reducing, or eliminating it, from their diets, if they have health concerns, that warrant just that.

We live in a disposable commercialized world.  We seem to not care, anymore, what we put into our mouths or our bodies.

Compare the over-all health around you.. its not getting better..

Consider the word “artificial” when making choices about what you want to consume.

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Legal “Truth” in Labeling

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On the cover, it may seem like a miracle.

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No Calories! No Transfats!

Upon closer examination, that only applies to:

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ONE TEASPOON!
One teaspoon? Do you only use one teaspoon of sugar? Would you only use one teaspoon of sugar substitute?

Katherine Prouty, of Low Carb Freedom, received an email, from the manufacturer of Splenda. In it, the company explains their claims and the real values..

http://www.lowcarbfreedom.com/2005/06/an_update_to_th.html

Low Carb Freedom: Splenda’s Real Nutritional Information: An Update to the Sweetener Post via kwout

Ah! If you make your serving size, on the product packaging, smaller, you can claim “zero” and “no” by law.

That isn’t real helpful to the consumer.

There are 48 teaspoons in a cup.

One cup of Splenda, has 24 grams of carbs. That’s twice as many carbs, as once cup of StonyField Farms Whole Milk.

One cup of Splenda has 96 calories.

We all have different diets. We all have different needs and requirements. We all must adjust these labels, to receive the accurate information, that applies, to each of us.

Just know that “NO” and “Zero” on a product’s packaging are as truthful as “No MSG,” “MSG Free,” and even, “Natural,” and many other claims, that the FDA allows, in the U.S.

Why do they feel a need to be deceptive?

While we are standing in the store, making a decision, on which product to buy.. what they show you, right there, in front of you, is all that they have, for marketing.

These products are not about “good for you,” or “healthy.” They are manufacturer’s with budget agenda’s, who want you to simply buy their product.

Do your own homework. Know what you put into your mouth, and those that you feed.

Don’t be deceived.

The Scandal of Food Contamination

In the United States food is imported from around 150 countries.  Much of it is processed in those countries before it reaches the US, and there are almost  200,000 foreign processing plants involved.

In 2007, the US FDA checked less than 100 of them.

OK, so that’s overseas. What about here in the US itself. That’s got to be a whole lot better hasn’t it?

FDA Inspectors get around to each US food processor about once every ten years.

Makes you think about a couple of things.  Firstly, how come there aren’t many many more cases of contaminated food cases, and secondly, isn’t it a good idea to cut back on the consumption of  as much processed food as possible?

Bugging The Bugs

Did you know that in 2006 the FDA approved a new method to kill bacteria in packaged meats?

How?

Inject the meat with a bacteria-killing virus called bacteriophages, which are naturally occurring.

Thing is, manufacturers have to state this on the label, and quite rightly so, but would you buy such a product/ Would it put you off? Is it truly safe?

Hello Stevia

Ever heard of it? TGFC suspects that many people haven’t. It’s been used as a zero-calorie sweetener for many years in other countries, but the US FDA has taken its time on approving it, on the grounds of safety.

Perhaps, it was more a case of the food processing giants not wanting to make a switch from products such as Equal and Splenda?

Coca Cola and Pepsi are ready to include it in some of their drinks, and it’s now been given approval for use.

What is Stevia?

It comes from the Stevia plant. The leaves are naturally sweet, and the products derived from these leaves are highly concentrated.

The jury is still out on what effects existing artificial sweeteners have on the body, and of course there is, of yet, no long-term data available for Stevia.

TFGC’s take on it is still the same, use natural cane sugar, and use as little as possible. Work towards cutting sugars and/or sweeteners from your diet.

Quit drinking soda of all kinds, and drink more water instead. Watch out for restaurant items, and eat fresh and not processed food.