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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported finding low levels of fungicide carbendazim in orange juice headed for U.S. supermarkets, but assured the public the juice remains safe to drink.

After being alerted by Coca Cola, the owner of Minute Maid and Simple Orange brands of orange juice, that certain juice from Brazil had tested positive for the fungicide in January, FDA initiated testing of all orange juice imports, regardless of origin.

The fungicide, which is used to combat unsightly mold, is not allowed in the United States, but used widely elsewhere. The United States has a carbendazim tolerance for several fruits, but not orange juice.

“FDA is continuing to ensure that orange juice in the United States does not pose a safety concern due to the presence of carbendazim residues,” the agency said in an update Thursday. “Based on all results we have seen to date, we remain confident that orange juice in the U.S. may be consumed without concerns about its safety due to the possible presence of such residues.”

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Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Will hundreds of more websites soon be popping up telling the tragic tales of young men whose lives were riddled with adverse effects after receiving the Gardasil vaccine? Based on the devastating history of the HPV shot Gardasil, the answer is most likely an unfortunate ‘yes’.

Following the advice of an advisory panel who failed to examine the high number of adverse reactions and deaths associated with Gardasil use, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that all boys between the ages of 11 and 12-years-old receive the Gardasil shot.

The advisory panel and the CDC both fail to mention that Gardasil was linked to 3,589 harmful reactions and 16 deaths between May 2009 and September 2010 alone, which could be of major concern to parents considering injecting their children with the shot. Permanent disability was the result of 213 cases; 25 resulted in the diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome; and there were 789 other “serious” reports according to FDA documents.

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Thursday, February 02, 2012 by: S. D. Wells

(NaturalNews) The one man who may be responsible for more food related illnesses and deaths than anyone in history, Michael R. Taylor, has just been promoted from US Food Safety Czar to Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the FDA, a position which would enable the giant biotech company Monsanto to silently and legally feed cancer causing vegetables to every living person who is not 100% strictly organic.

President Obama has appointed the former Monsanto Vice President and lobbyist Michael R. Taylor to the throne. This is the same man who was Food Safety Czar for the FDA when Genetically Modified Organisms were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is like putting a terrorist in charge of the world’s food supply. What will the cancer numbers look like in 2016? (http://www.counterpunch.org)

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Thursday, February 02, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) More quality control issues at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have spurred yet another consumer product recall. At least 2,200 bottles of Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion from lot number 0161LK have been found to be contaminated with coagulase-negative staphylococci, a highly-contagious, antibiotic-resistant pathogen that can cause crippling illness.

The recall was announced after tests conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed higher-than-normal levels of the pathogen that exceeded maximum levels. However, J&J says later tests conducted by an “independent laboratory” showed that the bacteria levels in the lot did not exceed maximum levels.

The tainted bottles were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas, according to J&J, but are not being recalled at the consumer level. Though the company has pulled the contaminated lot from store shelves, it is not asking people who already purchased bottles from the lot to return them.

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In another outrageous power-grab, FDA says your own stem cells are drugs–and stem cell therapy is interstate commerce because it affects the bottom line of FDA-approved drugs in other states!

We wish this were a joke, but it’s the US Food and Drug Administration’s latest claim in its battle with a Colorado clinic over its Regenexx-SD™ procedure, a non-surgical treatment for people suffering from moderate to severe joint or bone pain using adult stem cells.

The FDA asserts in a court document that it has the right to regulate the Centeno-Schultz Clinic for two reasons:

Stem cells are drugs and therefore fall within their jurisdiction. (The clinic argues that stem cell therapy is the practice of medicine and is therefore not within the FDA’s jurisdiction!)
The clinic is engaging in interstate commerce and is therefore subject to FDA regulation because any part of the machine or procedure that originates outside Colorado becomes interstate commerce once it enters the state. Moreover, interstate commerce is substantially affected because individuals traveling to Colorado to have the Regenexx procedure would “depress the market for out-of-state drugs that are approved by FDA.”
We discussed the very ambiguous issue of interstate commerce last September–it’s an argument the FDA frequently uses when the basis for their claim is otherwise lacking. As we noted then, the FDA holds that an “interstate commerce” test must be applied to all steps in a product’s manufacture, packaging, and distribution. This means that if any ingredient or tool used in the procedure in question was purchased out of state, the FDA would in its view have jurisdiction, just as they would if the final product had traveled across state lines.

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Via: Washington Post:

The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of its own scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they believed posed unacceptable risks to patients, government documents show.

The surveillance — detailed in e-mails and memos unearthed by six of the scientists and doctors, who filed a lawsuit against the FDA in U.S. District Court in Washington last week — took place over two years as the plaintiffs accessed their personal Gmail accounts from government computers.

Information garnered this way eventually contributed to the harassment or dismissal of all six of the FDA employees, the suit alleges. All had worked in an office responsible for reviewing devices for cancer screening and other purposes.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012 by: Tara Green

(NaturalNews) During the month of January 2012, the FDA detained nearly 14% of imported orange juice shipments to the US because it contained the fungicide carbendazim which is not approved for use in this country. According the US Juice Products Association, the solution is to change the regulations so that the fungicide-tainted juice can enter the country.

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The federal regulatory agency began testing imported orange juice for the prohibited chemical after Coca-Cola, which distributes Minute Maid and Simply Orange, reported finding the fungicide both in its own products and other brands of juice. Most orange juice sold by Coke and other companies contains a blend of juice from different sources including Brazil, where carbendazim is used to prevent a fungus which causes black spots on orange tree leaves. The detained shipments were from Brazil and Canada, which purchases orange juice products from other countries and then exports it to the US.

Tests revealed the seized juice shipments had concentrations of the fungicide at levels ranging from 10 parts per billion to 52 parts per billion. The FDA says the juice is safe to drink but since carbendazim is not approved for use in this country, any juice containing small amounts of it must be detained. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, which recently raised the limit of radiation exposure allowed in the USA following the Fukushima disaster,there are no health risks associated with carbendazim at concentration levels of up to 80 parts per billion.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The pressure is on for researchers and pharmaceutical companies to develop drug-based, non-synthetic versions of marijuana for medical use, as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to approve such varieties in the near future. But this potential approval appears to be reserved only for Big Pharma, as the marijuana plant itself could continue to remain a controlled substance at the federal level with no recognized health benefits.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that GW Pharma, a British pharmaceutical company, is currently undergoing advanced clinical trials for the world’s first drug made from raw marijuana, which it will seek FDA approval for by the end of 2013. There are currently a number of synthetic cannabinoid drugs on the market that have been approved by the FDA, but none that incorporate actual marijuana (http://www.justice.gov/dea/ongoing/marinol.html).

Known as Sativex, the marijuana spray contains both delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol, which are considered to be raw marijuana’s two most well-known active components. GW Pharma is hoping to receive US FDA approval of Sativex for the treatment of cancer pain, as the drug has already been approved in several other countries for the treatment of muscle spasm pain caused by multiple sclerosis.

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Karen De Coster, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

This story in the Wall Street Journal barely made a splash last week – “FDA Panelists Had Ties to Bayer.” Three advisors who had financial ties to Bayer AG were invited to serve on a “safety committee” for the FDA to assess the safety of four Bayer AG birth control drugs. All three individuals were either paid consultants, researchers, or speakers. Here’s a paragraph from the article:

Jill Hartzler Warner, an FDA official who oversees advisory committees, said the agency is ‘prohibited from giving the public any information contained in a financial disclosure’ from committee members. When picking committees, the FDA weighs ‘whether a meeting would affect the financial interest’ of a panelist. The agency also does ‘look at whether past relationships would give the appearance of being a conflict,’ she said.
Apparently, having worked for Bayer and getting paid by the company does not qualify as a past relationship that would give the appearance of being a conflict. Business as usual at one of the government’s largest and most invincible criminal organizations.

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by Gretchen Goetz
FOOD SAFETY NEWS

A controversial animal drug, fed to a majority of pigs raised in the United States, has become the focus of a long-running trade dispute centered on meat exports.

Ractopamine hydrochloride – used to keep swine lean and boost their growth in the last weeks before slaughter – is administered to an estimated 60 to 80 percent of pigs raised in the United States. But key trading partners,want assurance that it is safe, and have a zero-tolerance policy for meats with even traces of the substance. So export markets are limited, according to a report published Wednesday by msnbc.com.

The feed additive is also responsible for more deaths and illnesses among pigs than any other livestock drug on the market. It has killed or sickened more than 218,000 pigs since it was introduced, according to the analysis in Business on msnbc.com this week.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that ractopamine was safe for use in pigs 13 years ago – in 1999 – and has since approved it for use in cattle and turkeys as well.
The agency set a threshold for residues of the drug. Sale of any meat with levels below this amount are legal-
But testing for ractopamine in meat products has been limited. In 2010, for example, 712 samples were taken from 26 billion pounds of beef, and the results of this testing have not yet been released.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Identifying threats to health freedom and freedom of health speech often requires connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated verbiage in one piece of legislation and a trade agreement, for instance, or reading between the lines to identify the full intent or scope of a provision or phrase added to an unrelated bill. And this is the case with the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), which contains language that could one day target websites that sell, promote, or otherwise talk about the benefits of dietary supplements.

Section 105 of SOPA, entitled Immunity for Taking Voluntary Action Against Sites that Endanger Public Health, provisions that service providers, network providers, advertising services, search engines, domain name registry services, and other parties that handle internet content will be immune from prosecution should they decide to arbitrarily pull sites that “endanger the public health.”

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(CNN) — The company that inspected a Colorado cantaloupe farm at the center of a deadly listeriosis outbreak ignored federal regulators’ “best and most timely” advice on processing produce, a congressional committee has found.

The FDA cited “serious design flaws” and a “lack of awareness” of safety standards at Jensen Farms as the likely sources of the bacterial contamination behind the deaths. But in a report issued this week, congressional investigators found the company that conducted a July safety audit at the farm, Bio Food Safety, gave it near-perfect marks despite finding three “major deficiencies.”

In particular, it noted that the company washed its cantaloupe in water that was not treated with chlorine or any other anti-bacterial additive — a process the FDA said was inconsistent with its recommendations and “a probable cause of the contamination.” The inspector did not take points off for the finding, the report states.

“The guidance which Bio Food Safety did not consider in its audit represents the agency’s best and most timely advice on how processing should be handled,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee concluded in its bipartisan report.

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Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net
In what can only be described as a food freedom win, the FDA has reversed their decision to de-regulate antibiotic use in livestock, poultry, and swine. I wrote about this a few weeks ago and mentioned that CAFOs, or Confined/Commercial Animal Feeding Operations, accounted for roughly 80% of the antibiotic use in America. That is a staggering figure!

These commercial farms inject the animals with sub-therapeutic levels of common antibiotics in order to accelerate weight gains, not to mention the fact that cows and other livestock tend to suffer from a variety of ailments and disease when fed a diet of GMO corn, soy, and other grains in these tightly packed, unsanitary commercial lots.

Cows, as we all learned in elementary school, eat grass all day, and the cheaply made, genetically modified grains they are fed in CAFOs disrupt their normal digestive system, to say the least.

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