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WHERE WAS WAR CRIMINAL BUSH'S FDA DURING THE "PEANUT SCANDAL" ? A Truly Sickening Tale!

Von: jesus'sbuttboy (perryneheum@hotmail.com) [Profil]
Datum: 20.03.2009 19:02
Message-ID: <cc391c50-cd6e-490b-b774-692fcfa8d30d@j8g2000yql.googlegroups.com>
Newsgroup: alt.politics.republicans alt.politics.bush alt.true-crime alt.food alt.impeach.bush
No need to cause the U.S. food industry to spend profit monies on
sanitation and safety, right Dumbya?

Just another crime we assume Bush will have his book's ghostwriters
(Rove, Bremer, Feith, Rumsfeld, et al.)delete from the "official"
record.

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"Nestlé's Inspectors Saw Rat Droppings, Rejected Peanuts"

"Hearing Explores Why Others Did Not"

By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 20, 2009; A02


Nestlé USA, considering whether to buy ingredients from Peanut
Corporation of America, twice sent its own inspectors to check out the
company. Both times, they rejected the company after finding sanitary
problems at its facilities in Georgia and Texas, noting rat droppings,
live beetles, dead insects and the potential for microbial
contamination.

It proved to be a good call.

Today, Peanut Corporation of America stands accused by federal
investigators of knowingly selling peanut products contaminated with
salmonella bacteria, which triggered a criminal investigation, the
largest food recall in American history and an outbreak of illness
that has sickened at least 691 people and killed nine since
September.

Kellogg and other companies that bought products from Peanut
Corporation of America told lawmakers yesterday that unlike Nestlé,
they did not perform their own inspections. Instead, they relied on
third-party audits common in the U.S. food industry.

David Mackay, Kellogg's chief executive, said his company trusted
audits performed by the American Institute of Baking International,
the biggest food-inspection firm in the country. The institute
conducted scheduled inspections of PCA's facilities and never flagged
serious problems. It issued a "certificate of achievement" and a
"superior" rating last August, when PCA was getting results from
internal laboratory tests that revealed a salmonella problem in its
plant in Blakely, Ga., congressional investigators said.

"They gave PCA glowing reviews," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.),
chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "The company was
selected by PCA, paid by PCA, and realized that if they didn't give
PCA a glowing review, they were not going to get hired again.

"They gave PCA a certificate of achievement," added Waxman, who held
up the certificate in one hand and with the other waved a photograph,
taken by federal investigators, of dead rodents inside a PCA facility.
"How do you have a company that looks like this getting a certificate
of achievement? . . . It really makes you think there must be
something wrong."

E-mails released by the committee showed a comfortable relationship
between the auditor for AIB and PCA's plant manager. In one e-mail,
the auditor tells the plant manager to get the plant ready for
inspection, asks the manager to select the date and then offers
holiday wishes to the manager and his family.

Brian Soddy, vice president of marketing and sales for AIB, defended
the audits in a telephone interview yesterday and said that PCA "went
to great lengths to clean it up" before scheduled inspections. Others,
including Georgia state inspectors, had also missed problems in PCA's
facilities, he said.

AIB conducted basic annual audits at a cost of about $1,000 for PCA.
It offers more rigorous inspection services, including a multi-year
program at a cost of $20,000 to $30,000, but that was not part of its
contract with the peanut company, Soddy said.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chairman of the panel's oversight and
investigations subcommittee, asked why Kellogg and other companies did
not investigate their suppliers.

"Nestlé didn't solely rely on an auditor selected by PCA and paid by
PCA," he said. "It conducts its own audit with its own staff. You all
talk about how safety is the number one issue. Why didn't you do the
same thing?"

Kellogg, which has lost about $70 million because of the recall, is
now sending its own inspectors into peanut-processing plants and is no
longer relying on third-party firms paid by the processors, Mackay
said. He said that Kellogg follows that procedure for other raw
materials and foods that carry high risks for contamination, but that
it is impossible for Kellogg to inspect each of its 1,000 suppliers.
And although food companies bear some responsibility to ensure their
supplies are safe, they are powerless against a dishonest supplier, he
told lawmakers.

"On every batch, we received a certificate of analysis from PCA, and
every batch [was] negative" for salmonella, he said. "It's extremely
difficult when you have an unethical and dishonest supplier to manage
this."
Bush's Food & Drug Administration was asleep or playing golf ... but
hey -- his FDA was intentionally under-funded and almost totally
ignored.


Starting in 2007, Kellogg purchased $5 million to $10 million worth of
peanut ingredients annually from PCA and used them in its Keebler
cookies and crackers, Famous Amos cookies and Austin peanut butter
crackers, among other items, Mackay said.

Yesterday's hearing was the third held by the committee into the
scandal surrounding PCA, which filed for bankruptcy protection last
month. The case has called national attention to food safety and has
sparked dozens of proposals for reform on Capitol Hill. President
Obama, who has expressed concern about the peanut butter sandwiches
consumed by his 7-year-old daughter, has flagged food safety as a
priority. His proposed budget includes additional money for food
inspectors at the Food and Drug Administration, and he has created a
White House working group to recommend ways to increase food safety.

The outbreak of salmonella illness is ongoing, although officials at
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the number of new
cases has declined substantially. They said they expect new illnesses
to be reported for the next several months, because some recalled
items have a long shelf life and remain in home pantries and in some
stores. The FDA does not require retailers to prove that recalled food
has been destroyed and has no way to know how many of the more than
2,000 recalled products are still in circulation.

Consumers can check the searchable database for recalled products at
http://www.fda.gov.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/19/AR200903190
3204.html

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