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.

“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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