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The Incredible, Edible Egg Crisis

Posted on August 24 2010 1:00 pm
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Why does there always seem to be pending legislation at the same time as another “crisis” is declared by this administration? From the banking meltdown to the H1N1 flu “pandemic” to the gulf coast oil spill to egg contamination, the drama never ends. The latest salmonella scare in our egg supply has prompted the FDA to call for more power and the passing of currently proposed legislation. Why does anyone think it is a good idea to legislate based on panic? 

The latest reports say that there is no evidence that this “crisis” goes beyond two farms, yet it serves well as another dramatic power grab. Mike Adams of Natural News asks why there seems to be no concern about the everyday sale of raw chicken itself. Hmmm, good point:

What they’re not telling you is that more than 80 percent of the chicken meat bought at grocery stores is consistently contaminated with the exact same salmonella.

Have we suddenly developed big problems that we didn’t have just a few years ago? This issue was just visited in 2004, with the following conclusion from Robert Brackett, Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration:

In my view, the important question is whether the various Federal agencies with food safety authorities are working together effectively. The answer to that question is yes. The existing system is working. The American food supply continues to be among the safest in the world. Food safety agencies are working more closely together than ever before.

Yet today, the FDA is seeing this as another one of those handy crisis situations that work so well when pushing legislation. CNN reports:

Supporters of a long stalled bill to bolster the safety of the nation’s food supply are hoping the widening egg salmonella crisis will give them momentum to pass their bill in the Senate as early as next month.

Didn’t your mama ever tell you not to make big decisions when you are in a panic? Yet this administration seems to encourage doing just that. Maybe they need to start listening to their mamas. I think this is what she might say:

Wash your hands.

Cook your food.

Beware of politicians in a panic.

End of drama.

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