February 10, 2012
The stated mission of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to protect and promote public health through the regulation of everything from food products to pharmaceutical drugs. Based on the agency’s actions (or perhaps their severe lack of real action) however, it is quite apparent that this government organization has a blatant disregard for your health and is most certainly not in the business of ‘promoting’ health. Here are 4 ways in which the FDA has gone against public health and safety.
1. FDA Sits Back as You Consume Mercury in Your Food
The FDA, despite having full access to the studies that were heavily publicized even on mainstream media websites, apparently feels that carcinogenic mercury tainting the food supply is nothing to worry about. Found to be present in over a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products, research has shown that you are most likely consuming mercury if you consume processed food items or many beverage products. High-fructose corn syrup is a main carrier of the harmful element, which is especially concerning when you consider the fact that the average American consumed 37.8 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup in 2008!
Despite experts speaking out and calling on the FDA to come to the aid of the public, the FDA still does nothing.
“Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply,” the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both studies, said in a prepared statement.
2. FDA Pushes Unlabeled, Genetically Modified Salmon
Back in 2011, Congress took legal action against the approval of genetically modified salmon via blocking the FDA from approving it due to health concerns. Calling for further research, Congress listened to the warnings given by experts over the potential dangers of the genetically modified creation. Known as AquAdvantage, the creation process of the fish involves a combination of genomes taken from other fish. Using a gene from the pout fish to prevent freezing, and a growth gene from the Chinook salmon to bring forth faster growth, the engineered salmon is ‘enhanced’ to grow much faster.
One concern is that this genetically modified fish could escape from fish farms and threaten the very genetic code of salmon worldwide. What’s more, however, is that the FDA wouldn’t even require labeling of the GM salmon. This means you could be unknowingly consuming AquAdvantage salmon, thanks to the FDA completely ignoring the potential dangers and concerns of the public and experts alike.
3. FDA Allows Carcinogenic Aspartame to Invade Food Supply
The ubiquitous artificial sweetener aspartame is commonly found in gum products, diet sodas, and an increasingly large percentage of ‘sugar-free’ items. Aspartame has been found to wreak havoc on your body, with studies directly tying aspartame consumption to tumor growth.
One study in particular shed light on the cancer-causing effects of aspartame. Performed by researcher Victoria Innes-Brown, the study showed that of 48 rats experimented on, up to 67 percent of all female rats developed tumors roughly the size of golf balls or larger. The male population didn’t do too well either with 21 percent of the males developing similar cancerous growths. The FDA completely ignores this information and allows for aspartame to be consumed across the nation under the name of NutraSweet and Equal as well.
4. FDA Gives Monsanto Complete Freedom
Not only does the FDA give Monsanto unprecedented political power in shoving their genetically modified foods down your throat, but they have also been given the greenlight to contaminate the United States dairy supply with their genetically engineered growth hormone known as rBGH. Linked to breast and gastrointestinal cancer, the substance has been banned in 27 countries. Unfortunately, it is estimated that around 1/3 of cows in the United States are injected with this synthetic hormone, which means that you have most likely been highly exposed to rBGH if you live in the U.S. or have eaten U.S. dairy products.
Perhaps this has to do with the fact that Monsanto employees have positioned themselves prominently within the FDA?
One example of many is Margaret Miller. Margaret Miller was in charge of preparing the report on rBGH following its approval at Monsanto, she was later the official in charge of reviewing her own report as Deputy Director of Human Safety and Consultative Services. How’s that for protecting and promoting public health?
This is but a very short list of ways in which the FDA has actually endangered public health — by not protecting it. The list could go on and on, discussing their numerous drug approvals that have resulted in deaths, severe side effects, and much more. Amazingly, a large percentage of US pharmaceuticals are actually created overseas in unregulated Chinese factories — many of which the FDA has never even inspected.
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