The Piecemeal Man (abmann) wrote,
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FDA approves bacteriophage spray to enter food supply.
This is incredibly messed up. We don't have a Government any more; we have a Commodity. Who the fuck thinks it a GOOD IDEA to introduce viruses to our food?

    On Friday, August 18, 2006, the FDA approved a viral cocktail to be sprayed on foods we eat. This is the first time viruses have been approved for use as food additives. The FDA wants you to believe it will be safe to consume these viruses every day for the rest of your life with no adverse health effects. This is a monumental announcement by the FDA, indicating they are throwing all caution to the wind regarding the safety of our food supply.

    Are you willing to stand in line for a virus-laden sandwich? How do you like the idea of buying virus-infested food for your family? The first virally contaminated foods entering our food supply with the blessings of the FDA will be luncheon meat and poultry. Live viruses will be sprayed on foods such as cold cuts, sausages, hot dogs, sliced turkey,and chicken.

    At issue is the very real problem of a poor quality FDA-approved food supply that is already full of diseased and sickly animals, many of them imported from other countries. The use of antibiotics during growth and radiation during food processing is required by the fast-food animal farms owned by multi-national companies to cover up the horrendous health of the animals they wish to feed to Americans.Animals in poor health are a friendly place for bacteria to grow and prosper, especially after such meat goes to market. Rather than address the source of the problem, the FDA wants to add another adulteration into our food supply.

I'm sick of American politics (live MY way or go to hell). I'm sick of profiteering (your cow mad? Ok. $5/lb). I'm sick of consumer economy (spending protects you from terrorists!). I'm sick of unchecked markets (deregulation means I'll spend more on customer safety. Scout's honor.)
I'm sick of this new American way of life.

I want out.
Another, more positive article:

    Also, bacteria become resistant to certain strains of bacteriophage very rapidly. That is why, in this new spray-on application for ready-to-eat meats, Intralytix scientists are using six different phage. To come up with their cocktail, the scientists collected more than 300 different strains of listeria and tested listeria-invading phage on all of them. There was no single phage that killed all strains, so the scientists designed the product so that every kind of listeria would be attacked by more than one phage.

Sure. They get resistant. Lets throw many different kinds of phage at them just to be sure. This won't create even more resistant bacteria, no. That's never happened before.... <cough MRSA cough>
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