July 13, 2013
Two articles are at the top of the reading list this weekend. The first article is the last stand against Valley Meat, brought about by Front Range Equine Rescue, HSUS and a few other groups (and I admire them for having enough money to pay attorneys to attempt to stop something that our own government should never have allowed in the first place. Just seems to me that if our government actually represented the will of the public, that animal organizations would be spending money on the welfare of animals instead of fighting in court to keep the animals alive, but we’ll save that argument for another time. Just be thankful for the efforts of Front Range, HSUS and the others, or the slaughter would have already started).
ABQJournel,com, Charles D. Brunt / Journal Staff Writer
A federal lawsuit seeking an emergency injunction to overturn the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent permit approval for a horse meat plant in Roswell has been transferred from U.S. District Court in California to the U.S. District Court in New Mexico. The suit was filed July 1 by the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue of Larkspur, Colo., three other groups and five individuals, four of whom live in Roswell.
Valley Meat Company, the former beef packing plant in Roswell that hopes to process horse meat for export, received its long-delayed permit for federal meat inspections on June 28. CONTINUED…. Click HERE
While the court ponders the lawsuit and those in DC keep putting off making a decision about anything, we should be pondering the wisdom of mixing horsemeat, fast foods, frozen foods and money-hungry people. It happened in Europe, Africa and Asia, but surely it can’t happen here in the good ol’ USA, right?
But don’t limit the possibilities. If nothing else, those who think money is the world’s most important product can be creative in ways that fool all the rest of us who foolishly hold on to old fashion values, like honesty. Think about the possibilities of fake honey, fish, and – fruit juice!
But it would never happen here, so you probably don’t need to read this National Geographic article about food fraud. We know, beyond any doubt, that our government is looking out for us, protecting our health and welfare, perhaps much in the same manner that the BLM is looking out for the welfare of our wild horses. That should make us all feel really secure.
Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic
It feels as though a new age of food transparency has dawned.
But has it really?
As shown by Europe’s recent horsemeat scandal—in which scores of products labeled as “beef” were found to contain up to 100 percent horsemeat—and arrests last spring of Chinese traders who were allegedly peddling rat meat as lamb, there’s still considerable mystery around where a lot of our food comes from.
In many cases, that mystery extends to exactly what it is we’re eating.
“Unfortunately, controlling the amount of fraud that occurs daily in the food industry is next to impossible,” said Michael Roberts, a professor of food law and policy at UCLA and director of the Center for Food Law and Policy.
“Almost anything can be adulterated in some way,” he added, “either to persuade consumers to buy something for their health, or by diluting it to save money on the supplier end.”
It’s a problem that spans the globe.
A recent study found that in South Africa, nearly 80 percent of products labeled “game” actually contained varying amounts of nongame animals, including giraffe, waterbuck, and kangaroo. The most egregious filler: mountain zebra, a species that is “red listed“—meaning it’s at risk for extinction—by theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature. CONTINUED….. Read the article HERE
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