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Can the FDA keep our food supply safe?

Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks cereals this summer after dozens of consumers reported a strange taste and odor, and some complained of nausea and diarrhea.

The cereal recall shows there are huge gaps in the government's knowledge about chemicals in everyday consumer products, from furniture to clothing to children's products. Under current laws, the government has little or no information about the health risks posed by most of the 80,000 chemicals on the U.S. market today.

Do you have faith in the U.S. food system and the FDA's ability to regulate the chemicals that go into the foods we eat?

By Andrea Caumont  |  August 2, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Considering the fact that the contamination is something found in moth balls, crude oil, and toilet deodorant tabs and the government has know about it since the 1990's, NO I no longer do have faith that the FDA will protect me.
No one is even being held accountable.

Posted by: hebe1 | August 2, 2010 11:41 AM

The FDA exists to serve the interests of the food and drug industries. Nutrition or efficacy are not real considerations. Safety is only an issue to the extent that it affects the industries' bottom line.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | August 2, 2010 11:52 AM

The FDA is completely in bed with the Food Industry and the Pharmaceutical Industry. The cosmetic and perfume manufacturers' products are considered trade secrets and they don't even have to tell what chemicals they use.

Due to FDA's negligences, hundreds die every year, yet they have plenty of personnel to police websites that sell herbs and vitamins that compete with the drug companies.

Posted by: alance | August 2, 2010 12:02 PM

That the FDA is so weak nowadays is part of this anti-government phenomenon we're going through. Then when something goes wrong, we blame... the government. A small government cannot govern.

Posted by: DavidH3 | August 2, 2010 12:16 PM

The whole purpose of the Bush-Cheney-Republican-Tea Party was and is to so weaken and discredit the federal government, that people will beg for the private corporations, unelected and unaccountable and which already have too much power, to finally take over all power.

Orwell's "1984" was right on the mark... except for the incorrect year and the fact that it will be Republican corporate bosses with their communist Chinese allies running the insane asylum that our country will become.

Posted by: jjedif | August 2, 2010 12:45 PM

Since the 70's when my husband and I went shopping and took my small son--now 31 years old--we allowed him ONE sugary cereal and we got others without. Fruits and vegetable were bought by seasons and we grew our own tomatoes in pots/boxes in the backyard of our apt. Much of this was because even then we didn't trust the healthiness or lack thereof of the companies' foods and chemicals added for color and length of time on shelves--storage, grocery and home. All these took place when Albertsons and Alpha Beta grocery stores were taken to court for false advertising and overtime on shelves for raw food. It has only gotten worse since most companies figure the customer is too dumb to know any better and they wished to keep their profits HIGH. So far they have succeeded. Hopefully the FDA can change this and hold them to high standards. But the parents and teens must use their heads and common sense as to how healthy the food is. If the parents limit the amount of allowance the child can take to school and the parent pays in advance for the food at school for lunches and breakfast if possible, it is less likely that the child will overeat. Healthiness BEGINS at HOME--not at school. I taught school for 37 years. I know how some students had more than they could handle but since the money was there they spent it.

Posted by: abuelita | August 2, 2010 2:04 PM

I understand that the FDA does protect us from most careless or ruthless producers, but now and again you read this kind of thing. Perhaps if the fines against errant businesses were so painful, they'd make sure they wouldn't get fined again. The fine has to hurt, or the crime will continue.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | August 2, 2010 2:11 PM

Buy organic cereal; at least they are tested for chemicals and not allowed to have any.

Posted by: LibertyBelle | August 2, 2010 3:11 PM

Hold Kelloggs responsible, not the FDA. Most likely they are manufacturing the cereal in China.

Posted by: shewholives | August 2, 2010 4:34 PM

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