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Gerry Bush
Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2001 - 12:04 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here is an interesting article:,1597,301170-412,00.shtml
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 4:50 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

For whatever it is worth, the FDA has a free newsletter "FDA-DSFL" (Dietary Supplement/Food Labeling) about regulatory actions related to food labeling. To subscribe, go to:

Also, info on 8/13/01 FDA meeting can be found at:
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 4:52 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And the August on-line FDA newsletter is at:
Carol H
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 6:06 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks MEMorris, for providing the link. Luckily, we still have until October 29 for the written comments. And we all are pretty handy with a keyboard. It has to do with labeling, so it affects us all. If MSG can affect the immune system by bypassing antibodies and cut straight to inflammation, and inducing asthma attacks - it is as deadly as any "true allergen". We need to send a message straight the powers that be, that we have every right to know what is in our food. That goes for allergens, or foods one must avoid due to food drug interactions, as well as foods that individuals may be sensitive to in other ways - sulfites, phosphates, and excitotoxins. Individuals with allergies are more at risk from excitotoxin damage - recent research indicates this, so if they are worrying about just allergens alone, they must also worry about ingestion of compounds that excite the nervous system too. We should make them aware of this any way we can. It took them this long to meet about something like this. It took a report showing that 25% of the food companies out there care very little about deadly food allergens in their products. Lets not let this opportunity pass us by.
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 6:50 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carol - Where can I get info on the comments due by October 29?
Deb A.
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 7:05 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm reposting this, Gerry.
By Gerry Bush on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 12:02 pm:

Please read the following and try to help them!!

"We have a chance to block (in California) use of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) in a pesticide, fungicide, fertilizer spray called AuxiGro. Our success in California will depend, in part, on mounting a strong objection to a June 21, 2001 Final Rule passed by the EPA. I am writing to ask you to help us by encouraging friends, relatives, colleagues, and people with allergies to write to the EPA. And, most important, for you, yourself, to write about our efforts. A copy of one form of our message follows. You will find detail at

Please let me know that you have seen my message.

Warmest regards,

Adrienne Samuels


By GerryBush on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 12:04 pm:

Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 - 6:59 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What is the October due date mentioned by Carol for? (Maybe, I am missing something?)

The Auxi Gro replies are due within a FEW DAYS --- on 8/20/01. For direct access to the Federal Register on this topic go to:
Carol H
Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 - 2:39 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There are two separate issues involved here:

The first is whether California will allow the spraying of Auxigro on organic produce - that is due by 8/20/01. This requires immediate action.

The second is about the major meeting of the FDA on allergy and food labeling which takes place on Monday August 13 - those comments we have till October 29 for.
Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2001 - 7:01 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

See for Federal Register references on 2nd issue requiring comment by October 29
Judy T
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 5:38 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Easily done! Thanks all of you.
Gerry Bush
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 4:45 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here is an interesting site that some of you may find worth reading! I know that I did.
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 - 6:24 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don & others -- This was written in 1992! Imagine how much further the FDA is in the Henhouse now -- 10 years later.


Title: Was the New Henhouse Designed by the Fox?

The Food and Drug Administration has announced the establishment of a major center to study new food processing and packaging technologies. Consumer activists should welcome this state-of-the-at facility . . . or should we?
It is called the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), but it is not strictly a government agency. In addition to the FDA, the center will include representatives from the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, and 38 major food/chemical/packaging companies.

The $7 million facility, located southwest of Chicago, was donated by CPC International, Inc. (Corn Products Company).

FDA Commissioner, David Kessler, cites the consumer as the ultimate beneficiary of this effort...

The Center will go beyond testing the safety of food packaging and monitoring for possible contamination. NCFST associate director for research, David Armstrong, explained that the Center's development was also prompted by the "increasing use of new food processes and packaging technologies; the use of new ingredients produced through biotechnology; and the growing use of ingredient replacements for sugars, fats, proteins, and other nutrients."

Historically, the role of government agencies such as FDA has been that of a watchdog, keeping the profit-motivated industries in check. Consumer activists will argue that industry representatives have always had too easy an access to government policy-makers; but at least there was the image of a distance between the regulators and those being regulated. At the NCFST these two will rub elbows on a daily basis. As the Center director put it, "the Center was created so that government, academia, and the food industry would have a common ground on which to meet and share new food technologies."

FDA's Kessler anticipates that the center will hasten approval of new developments, "If we haven't done some of the work ourselves, if we haven't been there scientifically, it will be all too easy for FDA to say 'no' to new advances as they come in for review." Critics believe it has been too easy for FDA to say 'yes.'

It hasn't been that long since FDA scientists were convicted of accepting bribes from drug companies. This was one of the results of the 1980 Reagan/Bush campaign promise to "get the government off the back of industry."

Proponents of the Center are frank in their expectation that their work will be "the basis on which future food safety and food regulatory decisions in this country are made." When the senior vice president of the mammoth Kraft/General Foods Corporation expects to help the Center determine government policy, the consumer has reason to worry.
Deb A.
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 8:07 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This would be a good article to quote on Carol's new website that will be filled with documented information. It's one of the ideas we discussed at the Reno meeting, and she has just purchased the site and it will be named, correct me if I'm wrong, Carol,
This will help the cause immensely. We can send people we talk to, and those inquiring here and elsewhere to that site to get scientific, and well documented information...a great place to send medical professionals, too.
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 11:40 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I want to add (I am anon) that it is really worth getting Feingold's free email newsletter.
Carol H
Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2001 - 5:57 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Deb A, the site will be I already got it approved, but it will take a few says to get the hosting straightened out. For some reason they set up I am still finishing up moving into the new place, but will work on the new site tonite. It will be a few more days before it's up and running.
Posted on Monday, October 15, 2001 - 10:29 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anyone can get the FDA News Digest free via email. Go to 2 Examples of recent news releases:

1. FDA Official Testifies on U.S. Food Safety -- "The American food supply continues to be among the safest in the world," said Bernard Schwetz, D.V.M., FDA's acting principal deputy commissioner, in testimony Oct. 10 before a congressional subcommittee. Testimony text:

2. Hearing Seeks Public Comments on BSE Rule -- FDA is holding a hearing Oct. 30 to solicit information from the public on a regulation designed to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in U.S. cattle herds through
animal feed.

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