Wacky Mentality at the forefront this month

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Maybe it’s the approach of Halloween or maybe it’s a decay of common sense, but we’re seeing an ever-growing level of Wacky Mentality in recent news reports.

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Now – on to the latest Wacky-ness:

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was quoted this week as stating that allowing all people to vote in a democracy would give too much power to the poor.

So you oppress people into poverty and then cry-baby that letting them vote would give them a stake in their government. That’s wacky and evil.

The national government in China has presented a plan where the people of Hong Kong could vote on their leaders, but only among a list of candidates hand picked by the sitting government.

We’ve got our own problems with voting laws in some US states. I hope leaders in these regions don’t get any new ideas from China.

Allowing fracking companies to keep the list of chemicals they use secret from the public is more than wacky – it’s sneaky, underhanded wacky. But this is exactly what the government is currently doing.

An Environmental Integrity Project report notes the companies don’t even have to obtain a permit to inject potentially-dangerous chemicals into the ground. Why? – because the lobbyists keep reminding the politicians about those big campaign donations.

And get this, it’s called the “Halliburton Loophole.” If that’s not a slap in the face to the environment and to the public across the board, I don’t know what is.

And if both of those stories weren’t enough for the week …

Cigarette manufacturer Reynolds American – in 2014!! – is finally banning the act of smoking in its offices. Most indoor areas will be off limits to smoking, but the company will set up smoking rooms.

It took Reynolds this long to consider the health of its employees. That’s stunning, even for a cigarette company.

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FDA proposes new regulations for pet food safety

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Under the category of “It’s About Time,” we have the news that the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations for pet food and treat manufacturers.

NBC News reports the rules would fall under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. A public-comment period will run for 120 days, and will be in place 60 days after the comment period closes. Domestic and imported foods will fall under the new guidelines.

It is about time. But recent reports of dog deaths from eating imported food or treats from China has finally led to this step.

But I really don’t get the following from the NBC News piece:

FDA has always had rules in place that prohibit adulterants in pet food. That’s why the agency has issued company-initiated recalls for salmonella-tainted bird food, for instance, or dog food contaminated with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring mold by-product.

But, until now, there’s been no requirement that companies analyze the potential food safety hazards of their products or that they follow current good manufacturing practices, or CGMPs, that specifically address animal food.

So the FDA had rules, but there were no requirements for companies to actually check on their products or even follow good practices? WHAT?

And then Daniel McChesney, the director of the office of surveillance and compliance at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine suggest the companies might have problems meeting the deadlines for compliance. Policies for the safety of their products should already be in place.

 

 

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