Fear is being spread like wildfire across the United States as another American, a doctor in New York, has been diagnosed with Ebola. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of October 19th, 9,936 people across the world have been diagnosed with Ebola with 4,877 of them resulting in death. Americans are feeling insecure and fearful for their lives. The truth is, Americans need to fear even more toxic food imports. Not only is there a much bigger chance of a person becoming ill due to foodborne illness than Ebola, but the number of deaths due to foodborne illness crushes Ebola’s numbers.
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Up until recently, any meat sold in U.S. grocery stores had to be labeled with the country of where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. This was extremely beneficial to U.S. consumers and gave them the option to choose where they want their meat from. However, a report released by the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded that the country of origin labeling (COOL) rules are “unfair” and place Canadian and Mexican beef at a “disadvantage. “
After months of being kept in silence, the cat is finally out of the bag. The World Trade Organization has officially ruled against the very popular Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). COOL would have forced beef suppliers to identify where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered and give the American consumer a choice of whether they want to buy imported beef, or American beef. However, because of Canada and Mexico’s tantrum, the WTO struck down COOL, stating that “It puts Canadian and Mexican beef at an unfair disadvantage.” We are revealed yet again how the World Trade Organization trumps over U.S. legislation that benefits American citizens.
Overlap of government organizations is nothing new, but it is causing us undue difficulties with food contamination. Foods from foreign nations often are contaminated, creating a toxic food supply for our nation. The way we have divided the responsibility of inspecting our imported food may prevent us from fully resolving the issue.
Beware of the supposedly “healthy” fish you are consuming. We hear left and right from nutritionists that fish is healthy and good for our bodies. Little do they know, however, that that statement is no longer true since 80 percent of the fish we consume is imported from third-world countries. On top of that, the Food and Drug Administration is underfunded and does not have the resources to inspect more than 1 to 2 percent of the food imports coming in.