Entries in Food Safety (3)


Can Politicians Cut the Nation's $1.3 Trillion Deficit?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Though the U.S. staggers with a $1.3 trillion budget deficit and a $13.8 trillion national debt, there is little political will and public support to tackle the issue.

President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform will release a report Wednesday that outlines bold and oft controversial steps to reduce the debt that currently amounts to more than $44,300 for each American man, woman or child.

Yet with all of the talk of deficit reduction and paying down the debt, Congress continues to pass legislation that will add to the total, and analysts say both parties are to blame.

The Medicare "doc fix," for example, which passed Congress Monday and postpones for a month a 23 percent pay cut to doctors who participate in the Medicare program, will cost U.S. taxpayers $1 billion over 10 years.

The food safety bill that sailed through the Senate Tuesday, mainly on Democratic votes, is estimated to cost about $1.4 billion over four years.

The Republicans' tax proposal, which would extend Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, regardless of income, would add $4 trillion to the deficit in the next decade, or $2.65 trillion without counting the alternative minimum tax.  President Obama and Democrats' proposal to extend tax cuts for only lower and middle-class Americans would add to the deficit by $2.15 trillion.

"I think they (lawmakers) are taking away with one hand what they're talking about doing with the other.  In fact, they aren't doing anything at the moment to reduce the deficit," said Isabel V. Sawhill, a budget expert at the Brookings Institute.  "They're just talking about it and what they're actually doing is stuff that's going to make matters worse and dig the hole deeper."

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Industry Opposition Halts BPA Curbs

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – Chemical industry leaders have roadblocked a bipartisan effort to include legislation in the Senate’s pending food safety bill that would limit the use the controversial bisphenol (BPA) chemical, reports The New York Times.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has urged Republicans against including language to regulate BPA in the bill.

Feinstein said she and Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), the ranking Republican in charge of the food safety bill, had met to reach an agreement over how to address Democrats concerns over BPA in baby bottles and children's drinking cups. She said the two had reached an agreement that would set a six-month window for banning BPA from the products.
Despite the addition clearing a key procedural hurdle Wednesday, new objections arose after the ACC and some GOP senators said they could not support the six-month timetable.

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Beef Sticks Recalled; Could Contain Foreign Material

Image Courtesy - Klement's Sausage Co.(MILWAUKEE) -- The USDA has announced a national recall for beef sticks produced by Milwaukee-based Klement's Sausage Company.  The recall involves more than 2700 pounds of the product.

The 8 ounce packages of Market Pantry Beef Sticks Original, with a sell-by date of March 1, 2012, were shipped to distribution centers and retail outlets nationwide.  The packaging contains the number 2426B in the USDA seal of inspection. The recall comes after a retail chain reported consumer complaints of foreign material, like plastic, in the meat.  The Agriculture Department's Food Safety Inspection division has received no reports of injury.

Anyone with questions should contact Klement's at (414) 744-2330.

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