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China bans American shellfish over high levels of arsenic

Officials in China have indefinitely banned the import of certain shellfish from the United States over concerns that geoduck clams, oysters and other double-shell aquatic animals are contaminated to the point that human consumption is unsafe.

                  Chinese officials ordered the ban on December 3 against exports  from the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the northern  chunk of California, effectively putting a hold on a  multi-million dollar West Coast industry that is now scrambling  to make sure their shellfish is safe.


  Recently shipped American exports, China claimed, contained  dangerous levels of arsenic and paralytic shellfish poisoning, or  PSP, which in high enough doses could kill a human being.


  University of Washington public radio station KUOW  was the first to report on the prohibition last week, and said  China’s decision stood to heavily jeopardize an area industry  valued at roughly $270 million.


  In 2012 the US exported around $68 million worth of geoduck clams  — a type of deep-water shellfish that lives to be up to 100 years  of age — mostly mined from the Puget Sound region of Washington,  KUOW reported, and of that nearly 90 percent was shipped off to  China.


  “It’s had an incredible impact,” George Hill, a geoduck  harvest coordinator for Puget Sound's Suquamish Tribe, said to  the station with regards to the ban. “A couple thousand  divers out of work right now,” he said.


  “They’ve never done anything like that,” added Jerry  Borchert of the Washington Department of Health, “where they  would not allow shellfish from this entire area based on  potentially two areas or maybe just one area.”

  KUOW first reported news of the ban last Thursday, and this  Tuesday Borchert was telling The Olympian newspaper that he believes the geoducks in  question came from Alaska and Puget Sound waters in Washington  state. China has yet to verify that claim, but Borchert said he  made the determination after checking information provided by  authorities there and with the health certificates issued by the  US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


  Testing done there by Borchert’s crew returned PSP toxin levels  well below the standard US contamination threshold, he told The  Olympian, and other reports indicate that toxicity levels in that  area have been far from as dangerous as Chinese authorities  insist.


  “We’ve gone back and looked at all records — they show  results way below any human-health concern,” Washington  State Department of Health spokesperson Donn Moyer told the  Seattle Times. “We don’t have any evidence or information  whatsoever about any high levels of PSP in any shellfish.”


  Others, such as Tony Forsman of Suquamish Seafoods in Washington,  said that China may be working with guidelines drastically  different than what US authorities use.


  “The numbers I saw (that Chinese inspectors used) are just  plain ridiculous,” he told the Times.
  A human can die from PSP if they eat shellfish that’s too highly  contaminated with dinoflagellate algae, a small single-celled  organism that swims ocean waters and at times produces harmful  toxins.


  “Some of these toxins are 1,000 times more potent than  cyanide, and toxin levels contained in a single shellfish can be  fatal to human,” the Alaska Division of Public Health warns  on a PSP fact sheet published online.


  But while China claims the PSP levels of the geoducks they tested  ranged from 600 to 1,500 micrograms per 100 grams of tissue,  Borchert told The Olympian that the latest round of testing done  by the state returned results within 38 to 62 micrograms per 100  grams of tissue. Borchert said the exports came from a Department  of Natural Resources-controlled tract that would be shut down if  samples ever reached 80 micrograms per 100 grams of tissue — the  federal threshold agreed upon by the US Food and Drug  Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.


  According to a an email  posted online purported to have originated from NOAA Seafood  Inspector Eric Staiger, the maximum amount of PSP contamination  that China will tolerate is around half of the threshold set in  place by the FDA: 30.2 micrograms per 100 grams of tissue.


  Information regarding the alleged arsenic level discovered by  Chinese regulators was not immediately available, but the  supposed Staiger email suggests it exceeded that nation’s limit  of 0. 5millgram per kilogram of tissue. The NOAA inspector did  not immediately respond to RT’s request to authenticate the email  and information contained therein.


  Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands  Peter Goldmark wrote to the heads of the Food and Drug  Administration and the NOAA on Friday, the Seattle Times  reported, asking them to begin “direct interaction with the  Chinese government” to learn more about the inspection  method used there.


  The Olympian reported on Tuesday this week that Washington state  does not normally test geoducks for levels of arsenic, but a  recent study suggests that residents of China are already prone  to be poisoned by it. A report in an issue of the journal Science  published earlier this year found that nearly 20 million people  in China could be exposed to arsenic-contaminated water, which  could in the long-term cause serious health risks, including  various cancers.


  Concerns have since been raised, however, with regards to whether  or not the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan could have  caused increased levels of arsenic in animals harvested thousands  of miles across the Pacific near the West Coast of the US.  Previous reports have suggested that contaminated water and  infected animals are en route to the US, and could soon transfer  high levels of toxins to American shores. The Tokyo Electric  Power Company, orTEPCO, said in 2011 that earlier reports that  arsenic-74 had been leaking out of a building ravaged during that  year’s earthquake and tsunami were false.


  “To date, FDA has no evidence that radionuclides from the  Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. food supply at levels  that would pose a public health concern,” the American  agency announced  this past September.


  Washington state’s findings have been forwarded to two federal  groups — the FDA and NOAA — for further analysis. In the  meantime, seafood companies in the Pacific Northwest have  reportedly begun scaling back operations and cutting hours for  employees until the situation could be sorted out.


  The latest ban from China come amid recent reports that the Far  East nation has blocked a  fifth cargo of US corn in only two months due to concerns that  genetically-modified products are being exported to a country  with much greater restrictions in place over GMO than in the  States. Reuters reported last week that the latest cargo of  around 59,100 tons of corn was refused by Chinese officials.
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Post time 2013-12-18 17:29:57 |Display all floors
China bans American shellfish over high levels of arsenic
kelly:
Most guidelines in the USA are based on economic factors and not on health issues . The food they eat is full of strange chemicals they claim are safe until the evidence of harm grows too much , then they just switch to a new unproven chemical. It might explain the growing rates of ailments like cancer and alzheimer's disease .



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Post time 2013-12-18 17:39:40 |Display all floors
petera Post time: 2009-1-27 10:09
The Zionist media has managed to sweep the issue of Madcow Disease under the carpet,and the
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Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I can't think of a metaphor that's better than this.

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Post time 2013-12-18 18:04:24 |Display all floors
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‘Stop GMOs’: Russian scientists urge 10-year ban on genetically modified products

Russian scientists are calling for a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health, stressing that such examinations are vital.

"It is necessary to ban GMO, to impose moratorium [on it] for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed,” vice president of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety, Irina Ermakova, told Interfax news agency.

According to her, there have not been enough sufficient studies on GMO influence on human health to allow for a wide introduction of genetically modified food on the market.

However, scientists say that most studies prove that such food comes along with dangerous side effects.

“It has been proved that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMO is dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMO are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous," Ermakova said.

She went on to explain that one of the techniques uses tumor-causing soil bacteria.

"Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals," Ermakova said.

She added that doctors have seen a surge of diabetes and cancer in regions where residents have consumed larger amounts of GMO-containing food.

"Biotechnologies certainly should be developed, but GMO should be stopped. [We] should stop it from spreading,” Ermakova added.

In September, Russia endorsed the Rules for the State Registration of GMO and GMO-containing Products. The law enforces compulsory registration of all products containing GM components.

Also in September, Russian authorities temporarily suspended the import and sale of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn after a French study suggested it may be linked to cancer. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered regulatory agencies to consider a possible ban on all GMO imports into Russia.
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Post time 2013-12-21 21:57:06 |Display all floors
Virtually all chicken breasts sold in US contaminated with ‘potentially harmful bacteria’

A new study by Consumer Reports has found that a disturbingly high percentage of raw chicken breasts sold in the United States contain potentially harmful bacteria.

According to the study, researchers discovered at least one of six different kinds of bacteria in 97 percent of all the chicken breasts it purchased across 26 states in the US.

To make matters worse, many of the bacteria is resistant "to three or more antibiotic classes, making them multiple-drug resistant," according to Urvashi Rangan, director of consumer safety and sustainability for Consumer Reports, who spoke with “CBS This Morning.”

Not even chicken sold under organic labels could escape similar findings. Rangan didn’t dismiss organic products as worthless, but stated that when it comes to potential contaminants, “the natural label actually means nothing"

These findings back up other studies revealing chicken as a leading cause of food-borne illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “more deaths were attributed to poultry than to any other commodity” between 1998 and 2008.

Consumer Reports went on to state that “if antibiotic-­resistant bacteria continue their scary spread, they could lead to deadly infections after routine surgery or even a seemingly innocuous cut because the drugs that doctors prescribe will have lost their effectiveness.“

When it comes to properly handling raw chicken and avoiding illness, Rangan suggested effectively cleaning kitchen items and making sure that the food is cooked long enough to kill off any bacteria. The best way to ensure chicken is cooked correctly is to use a meat thermometer, but only 37 percent of Americans own one.

"You want to use really careful practices in the kitchen,” she told CBS. “You don’t want to put your chicken in the sink and pour (water from) the faucet on it. You want to use a dedicated cutting board and put that right in the dishwasher" after cutting chicken on it, she said.

"All the way through from when you buy it in the store to you serve it on your plate, you want to exercise really good hygiene."

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Post time 2013-12-21 22:46:24 |Display all floors
With proper handling and cooking it thoroughly, there is no problem with any meat.
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Post time 2014-2-28 15:50:59 |Display all floors
California slaughterhouse allegedly sold beef with cancer

Inside sources say that the nearly 9 million pounds of beef recalled from a California Slaughterhouse earlier this month may come from cows sick with cancer.

Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California company, which is now under investigation by the US Department of Agriculture, recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef parts (3.95 million kg) as ordered by inspectors for lack of full federal inspection and processing unhealthy animals.

The company allegedly purchased dairy cows sick with eye cancer, decapitated them to hide the disease from inspectors and sold the beef illegally, an anonymous source has told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Rancho, we're told, was slaughtering them, somehow after hours or in other ways where the inspector didn't know about it," the source revealed. "Because the carcass looked good, (Rancho) mixed it back in with other beef that it sold under its label."

Rancho’s lawyers have forbidden employees from speaking to the media.

Bill Niman, the former owner of Niman Ranch who is widely considered a pioneer of humane and sustainable livestock farming, also processed his cattle at Rancho. He did not rule out the claims since according to him Rancho is one of the only facilities that slaughters retired dairy cows which are often not very healthy.

"A farmer sends a cow in with cancer, and he knows it has cancer-eye -- it's a growth on the eye, this is not a microbial situation," he told the Village Voice. "The inspectors, they know it has cancer-eye. So the farmer shouldn't have sent it, and the inspector should have caught it."

Experts say cows inflicted with eye cancer are not necessarily dangerous to eat unless the cancer has spread to other organs.

"If I'm out on top of Mount Everest and have a cow (with eye cancer) and I'm hungry, I'm going to cook her well and deal with getting down the mountain," James Cullor, professor of population health and reproduction at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, told the Chronicle. "But if I'm here in this country, I will choose to not consume the animal. I wouldn't feed the animal to my grandchildren."

The amount of the recalled meat equals one year’s worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp, which has been under investigation by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, according to the Associated Press.

The USDA listed 18 categories of beef parts that are subject to recall, such as feet, lips, cheeks, hearts and tongues. They are in boxes of up to 60 lbs (27 kg).

Last month, in another case, the same company was forced to recall more than 40,000 pounds of meat product, processed on Jan. 8, that weren’t fully inspected, FSIS said.

Unhealthy meat product can cause serious and adverse health consequences, FSIS said. The agency issued a Class I recall, as some products could be still frozen and in storage.

No illnesses have so far been reported in relation to the beefs.

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Abbs Dublin:
This would be just the tip of the iceberg. USA is the home of cancer causing GMO Monsanto. Commercial beef cattle are fed GMO toxines sprayed with chemical Roundup.

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