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FDA to inspect Swiss Chocolate factories in the name of Food Safety and Bioterrorism.
09-07-2012, 06:04 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,063 Threads:1,568 Joined:Feb 2011

Swiss chocolate makers face inspections from American authorities to ensure their bonbons do not pose a bioterrorism threat in the US, according to a new report.

Because of the importance of the US market, chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland are submitting to Uncle Sam’s intrusion in their factories but they are not happy about it.

“The fact that a foreign authority is involved in our Swiss businesses is unseemly,” Daniel Bloch, of Chocolats Camille Bloch, told Handelszeitung, the German-language business journal.

The newspaper has discovered that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to inspect 21 chocolate factories and 18 dairies in Switzerland.

The move is part of the implementation of America’s Food Safety Modernization Act, new legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama last year that aims, among other things, to combat bioterrorism.

The FDA contends that imported food could be contaminated chemically or even in a radioactive way.

But the planned inspections appear to go well beyond health issues to include such details as sales, ownership, employees and the size of company buildings.

read all at http://www.thelocal.ch/page/view/swiss-c...oterrorism

Do they go to China to inspect their food factories as well? Yeah sure... damned.gif
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09-07-2012, 07:02 PM #2
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09-07-2012, 08:00 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,063 Threads:1,568 Joined:Feb 2011
Yeah it's insane. chuckle.gif

Here's from a newsletter I got in my inbox:

Quote:5 "ORGANIC" Foods you should NEVER eat
By Chad Tackett BS, CPT, ACE

Organic foods are better for the environment and your health, right?

Yes. But...

Are the foods you're buying truly organic? You might be surprised
when you CHECK this out...

Yesterday I went to our local grocery store and found the following
foods that said "ORGANIC" on the front, but in really small print on
the back it read "Made in China"...

1. Spinach
2. Sugar snap peas
3. Strawberries
4. Eggs
5. Peanut butter

Be careful when shopping for organic foods, as they might be more
toxic than beneficial. Here's why...

Many stores outsource their products from China. The problem?
China doesn't ensure that "organic" products meet the USDA health

Food manufacturers in the US must meet the USDA's requirements
of how a product is grown, processed, and handled. When you see
"ORGANIC" on packaging, it ensures that no chemical pesticides
were used and that the food was made in environmentally-friendly

Manufacturers from China, on the other hand, don't follow the same
protocol. They have "organic" on the label, but no one is actually
inspecting or verifying this to be true.

China's over-use of pesticides has contaminated both the food
and the land. What's more, human waste is widely used in farms
as fertilizer, which is a potential source of deadly bacteria, such
as E. coli. (I wish I was kidding)

In addition to dangerous chemicals and sewage, Chinese
groundwater is terribly contaminated. It's estimated that 10% of
China's groundwater is contaminated by arsenic and/or lead.

And it's this same groundwater that is used in growing the crops
that are found in our stores.

You may be wondering what it takes to be considered Organic...

To be classified as "organic" in the US, foods must be:

"...produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic
inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not
contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed
using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives."

So, when looking at the labels on food products, don't just examine
the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients. Also pay attention to where it's
from. If you see "Made in China" - do NOT trust it. The toxins in the
"Organic" foods I mention above as well other environmental factors
can create an undetected diet killer that hides in your tummy for years.


I'm pretty sure the FDA doesn't inspect the Chinese conditions. 13.gif
09-07-2012, 08:17 PM #4
Accidental Stoner Member
Posts:8,581 Threads:79 Joined:Feb 2011
So what's the real issue..?

The United States gonna steal Swiss chocolate recipies?



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