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USA : FDA asks for more money to Police FSMA in 2014 Budget ...

April 10 | Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:59pm EDT






(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it is requesting a budget of $4.7 billion in fiscal 2014, including $295.8 million to implement new food safety regulations.





The proposed budget represents an increase over the $4.03 billion included in the 2013 budget after automatic spending cuts mandated by Congress, known as the sequester.






The FDA is financed in part with funds authorized by Congress and in part by fees charged to industry to cover the cost of reviewing and approving new drugs.





The agency's commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, said in a statement that the request reflects "tight budget times" and said 94 percent of the proposed increase will come from new fees to support the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and strengthen the FDA's ability to oversee imported food.





Under the new law, the FDA for the first time will be allowed to penalize U.S. companies that fail to monitor produce they import …

STRATFOR (3 PART) ANALYSIS OF THE PROBLEMS FACING CHINA ...

The Geopolitics of the Yangtze River: Developing the Interior



April 1, 2013 | 1045 GMT





Stratfor




Editor's Note: This is the first piece in a three-part series on the geopolitical implications of China's move to transform the Yangtze River into a major internal economic corridor. Part one provides a broad overview of the geography and history of the Yangtze River region and its role in shaping Chinese politics and statecraft. Part two examines the strategic river city of Wuhan, and part three considers the political economy of Beijing's push to develop the Yangtze River corridor. 







As the competitive advantage of low-cost, export-oriented manufacturing in China's coastal industrial hubs wanes, Beijing will rely more heavily on the cities along the western and central stretches of the Yangtze River to drive the development of a supplemental industrial base throughout the country's interior. 




Managing the migration of industrial activity from the coast to the interior -- and…

FOOD SAFETY : JIM PREVOR EXPLAINS WHY FSMA IS DOOMED TO FAIL....

IMO NOTE:


IMO FRIEND Jim Prevor makes an interesting proposal & why the Food safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will never work in the hands of the FDA ...







Aggrandizing the FDA Only Distracts from Real Solutions

Jim Prevor










The recent recall of fresh-cut romaine lettuce processed in an Ohio facility by a company called Freshway Foods has given a new rallying cry to activists trying to spur quick Senate passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act



The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a self-proclaimed consumer advocacy group, made this statement:



While consumers wait for Congress to pass food safety legislation, the plants that process and bag lettuce and the farms that grow it are operating under an industry honor system which clearly failed in this case. The FDA can’t tell us when it last had inspectors in the plant where this lettuce was processed. Congress urgently needs to give the FDA the resources and authority from the farm forward, transforming it from a react…

NUTRITION: TOO BAD THE NMB CANNOT MAKE THESE CLAIMS BECAUSE HWT FRUIT DOES NOT QUALIFY .....

IMO NOTE:



While the National Mango Board (NMB) would like the consumer to believe that they represent the mango industry, 99% of the fruit the NMB represents is Hot Water Treated Fruit (HWT).



Any Nutritonalist or registered dietician will explain to you that the HWT process destroys enzymes, a critical component in health claims made about mangoes.



Only RAW uncooked mangoes can make these health claims.




Shame on the National mango Board for once again lying to the consumer!






























Gee....There ought to be a LAW against That !!!! ....OH WAIT....THERE IS !!!!