Monday, February 19, 2007

Unsafe Food And Containers.

I have posted previously about the present administration's cutbacks in food safety inspections. The use of voluntary, rather than mandatory, inspections has resulted in numerous food poisoning cases.

It is also now possible for your children to be poisoned by lead levels being allowed above the accepted level in their school lunch boxes.

In 2005, when government scientists tested 60 soft, vinyl lunchboxes, they found that one in five contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe -- and several had more than 10 times hazardous levels.

But that's not what they told the public.

Instead, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement that they found "no instances of hazardous levels." And they refused to release their actual test results, citing regulations that protect manufacturers from having their information released to the public.
"I don't think the Consumer Product Safety Commission has lived up to its role to protect kids from lead," said Dr. Bruce Lamphear, a lead poisoning specialist at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. "As a public agency, their work should be transparent. And if one is to err on the side of protecting children rather than protecting lunch box makers, then certainly you would want to lower the levels."

This administration is a threat to your health, and to your childrens' health.

The avoidance of any safety standards which might serve the public is an avoidance of its own duty. That ratings of safety are given to products that don't meet those standards is a crime.

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Anonymous food processing said...

I agree that's a crime, crime against our children. Lead poisoning can affect almost every system of the body and often occurs with no obvious or distinctive symptoms. Long-term exposure to even low levels of lead can cause irreversible learning difficulties, mental retardation, and delayed neurological and physical development. Stop this crime...

2:18 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

This needs a new administration, this present one has replaced one of the safest food industries in the world with voluntary compliance standards that are far from adequate. Used to knowing their food is inspected and procedures under supervision, the public has been slow to realize that it is no longer protected. The media of course can't be bothered with such a story until deaths are occuring at increasing rates. We need public interest to be the motivating factor in our public servants.

2:33 PM  

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