I agree with most have said above.
Originally Posted by Mikeswoods
Sadly,our governments previous attempt to force people to eat right have all been a failure.
The laws are based on emotion and fear rather than science---
I remember well the egg scare--then milk is bad--butter will kill
on it goes---if heath laws were backed by good science I might be more receptive--
Mike, there is good science behind proposed health laws but health laws are backed by money.
Lobbying records analyzed by Reuters reveal that the industries more than doubled their spending in Washington during the past three years. In the process, they largely dominated policymaking -- pledging voluntary action while defeating government proposals aimed at changing the nation's diet, dozens of interviews show.
In contrast, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, widely regarded as the lead lobbying force for healthier food, spent about $70,000 lobbying last year -- roughly what those opposing the stricter guidelines spent every 13 hours, that's something like almost 4 million a month opposing the science compared to approx 5 thousand for it. Not gonna happen.
Originally Posted by ED BUCHANAN
Chef Ross, I agree with you 100%. This is only tip of iceberg. The other things that are allowed in our foods are even worse. The uninspected imports from many countries, in particular China is unbelievable. Only 20% of all fish and seafood that was imported into the US last year was inspected.
The lobbyist own Washington and get anything they want. For any law or bill that may help the consumer that is passed there is a way around it or another law attached to it that is just as bad. How many here are aware that the government does not even have inspectors in meat plants anymore. There used to be an inspector in every USDA plant now there is none. The plants are on a supposed self inspection(give me a break) Has anyone ever met a poor butcher or packing house owner? Let the buyer beware is the motto and it is more true today then ever before. How many times have you read that a plant has a recall of meat? ask yourself is this not after the fact as the meat has already been distributed to the public. Anyone who puts and trust in anything our government does when it comes to food inspection should take a dose of reality, because it is totally ineffective. Tyson for example, as well as Smithfield tell our government what to do.
This is exactly what happens when you let industry be responsible for self imposed inspection, guidelines and regulations.
On July 12, White House visitor logs show a who's who of food company chief executives and lobbyists visited the White House. The group met with Valerie Jarrett, Obama's senior adviser, and Melody Barnes, then director of the president's Domestic Policy Council. Among the group at the meeting: CEOs of Nestle USA, Kellogg, General Mills, and top executives at Walt Disney, Time Warner, and Viacom, owner of the Nickelodeon children's channel -- companies with some of the biggest financial stakes in marketing to children. Those companies have a combined market value of more than $350 billion.
Two people who attended -- lobbyist Scott Faber of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Kolish of the Better Business Bureau -- said the group told the White House that it opposed government action and favored voluntary initiatives.
Public health officials thought the least nutritional items would drop off the government's $10.5 billion school lunch program last year when they announced the first menu overhaul in 15 years. White bread: gone. Milk: low or no fat only. Fruits and vegetables: doubled. Portions: smaller.Then Congress got involved -- at the behest of potato and pizza companies -- to preserve French fries as a menu staple and to declare pizza, with its tomato sauce, to be a vegetable.
Ok, I'll stop. I agree this regulation will be appealed. Not saying I'm for appealing at all.