Monday, April 30, 2012

FDA Allows Corporations to 'Recondition' Old Food

Susanne Posel, Contributor
Activist Post

In order to save money, some corporations will repackage older food into new packaging and resell it. One public school lunch supplier tried this with moldy apple sauce re-canned and was reprimanded to never try that “stunt” again.

The FDA was contacted by Snokist Growers of Yakima, Washington. This is just one group trying to ensure “reworking” food is not a normal practice.

“I was appalled that there were actually human beings that were OK with this,” said Kantha Shelke, a food scientist and spokeswoman for the Institute of Food Technologists. “This is a case of unsafe food. They are trying to salvage that to make a buck.”

Shockingly, Jay Cole, former federal inspector who works with the FDA Group, says, “Any food can be reconditioned.”

Perhaps pieces of pasta will be re-ground into semolina.

Mislabeled blueberry ice cream mixed with chocolate to avoid waste.

Insect parts discovered in cocoa beans.

Live bugs “left behind” in dried fruits packages.

Or salmonella bacteria found in hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) which is a flavor enhancer used in gravy mix, snack foods, dairy products, spices and soups (just to name a few).

“This is how people do their business,” says Shelke.


The FDA allowed food producers like Basic Food Flavors, Inc (BFF) to recondition their recalled items in 2010 by heat-treating their products to remove salmonella. BFF then reprocessed the food and distributed them for sale to the public.

The FDA justifies this unsafe practice by stating that it reduces water and saves money. Yet this occurs at the expense of public safety and health.

If the processes approved by the FDA were redering food safe for consumption, there would be less of an issue.

The Snokist officials found that the process the FDA permitted as safe for the reconditioning of the applesauce rendered the food sterile and effectively worthless as a nutritional substance by a common toxin produced by the mold in the apple sauce.

The FDA stands by its thermal process even though it does not protect against mycotoxins in the food.

“Mold is not an easily reconditionable product,” says William Correll, the FDA’s acting director of compliance.

The FDA admits they expect a certain level of contaminants and toxins to enter food during the processing process because they claim a zero-tolerance policy would be too difficult to achieve.

The FDA relies on defect action levels to define how dangerous a contaminant is in the food and how much enforcement of their policies they should engage the manufacturer in.

Basically, if making the food safe is too difficult, the FDA does not bother enforcing their safety policies.

Here are a few examples of allowable contaminants:

• In 8 ounces of macaroni there could be 225 insect fragments or 4.5 rodent hairs
• In 3.5 oz of canned mushrooms 20 or more maggots is ok
• In canned cranberry sauce there could be an average of 15% mold

The FDA finds these levels acceptable because there would be too much stress on food producers to adhere to a more stringent policy for food safety.

Correll plainly says, “You can’t cook the poop out of [food].”

The FDA begun the Reportable Food Registry in 2009 to handle the overwhelming notifications to human health hazards their relaxed policies produced.

The problems were hard to decipher with domestic food processing corporations, but foreign import food corporations added a cog in the wheel. These corporations generally go to greater lengths to preserve the safety of their food; more so than the FDA.

As it stands, the FDA reconditions food that we purchase in grocery stores.

There is no way to know what foods are genuine and which have been reconditioned.

Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism. Our alternative news site is dedicated to reporting the news as it actually happens; not as it is spun by the corporately funded mainstream media. You can find us on our Facebook page.

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well we already knew that the FDA does not work to protect the people, but works instead to protect the profits of the multi national corporations. We the people need to fire them and our usless congress as well.

Anonymous said...

mandatory labeling....!

Anonymous said...

Grow your own food! When not possible, buy fresh from local farms if at all possible. It is still well within our reach to provide good food for our loved ones with a little effort. Besides, the almighty dollar still speaks volumes to these fiendish corporations and the fewer dollars going their way, the better!

ozspeaksup said...

the comment re imported food being stricter?
well recently reading some industry newsletters I see the usa and canada plans to restrict imported food on safety grounds.
go figure?
and more to the point is any farmers market or home cook presented mushroooms for sale with bugs theyd be hit with afda swat team, and sent broke. as is already happening.
the peanut butter one was classic, the fda couldnt even provide a health inspector , so the co hired an outside private chap, he found salmonella reported to the co, and they ignored it.
the inspector did not feel the ned to let anyone like FDA know cos it wasnt his job to do so. his job as he saw it was only to report privately and no more. people died.
mass production LOWERS standards.

Anonymous said...

Years ago (early 90's) a local store chain here (Price Rite) always took their shaved deli meats, removed any "offending" problem slices (not always) and just repackaged it with a brand new expiration date..

Been going on longer then you think!

David McElroy said...

Recall Agenda 21 calling for an 85% reduction in human population, how a toxic food supply can kill. No truth in labelling anymore, as tainted products are foisted upon the unsuspecting with deceitful terms and pretty packaging. Grow your own and refuse to purchase all the crap in stores! Don't be slimed by the industrialists!

Anonymous said...

People saying grow your own food are either a: pro nwo, or b: dumb to the bones. That PROMMOTING a nwo stile! What about ppl that cant grow their own food? What about ppl that cant buy expensive organics? No ladies n gents, that aint the solution! Grow a pair, commit and go fight (peacefully or not) for what you know is right.

You look like a bunch of slaves that talk talk talk while their masters are not around, but put their tail inbetween legs when he is. Whos the owner of that food processing plant? Give him a few warnings, then if that does not help, put a couple of bullets inside his head, and warn his sucessor. That will help. I garantee !

The truth is, the time to talk is over and you all dont see that! Well guess what, if you delay any longer when you decide is time for action, it will be way to late.

Anonymous said...

grow your own!

Anonymous said...

Can't we grow our own food AND fight the bad guys? Since the food they're feeding us is so POISONOUS... I'm NOT a NWO supporter just cause I believe people should grow their own to avoid being poisoned!! Besides, even if we do kill off all the Monsanto freaks we'll still have to regrow all the heirloom seeds which means ALOT of reseeding so everyone may as well pitch in by growing as many heirloom plants as possible anyways. Growing your own is win-win. Share the seeds, help restore the farmers stocks once Monsanto's gone, if we were to wipe them out.

Anonymous said...

I'm not saying we should wipe out Monsanto (tempting though) but that even if we did we'd have to resupply our farming system, since Monsanto has been squeezing it dry of heirloom seeds.

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