(The Intel Hub|by Anthony Gucciardi)
The stated mission of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to protect and promote public health through the regulation of everything from food products to pharmaceutical drugs.
Based on the agency’s actions (or perhaps their severe lack of real action) however, it is quite apparent that this government organization has a blatant disregard for your health and is most certainly not in the business of ‘promoting’ health.
Here are 4 ways in which the FDA has gone against public health and safety.
1. FDA Sits Back as You Consume Mercury in Your Food
The FDA, despite having full access to the studies that were heavily publicized even on mainstream media websites, apparently feels that carcinogenic mercury tainting the food supply is nothing to worry about.
Found to be present in over a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products, research has shown that you are most likely consuming mercury if you consume processed food items or many beverage products.
High-fructose corn syrup is a main carrier of the harmful element, which is especially concerning when you consider the fact that the average American consumed 37.8 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup in 2008!
Despite experts speaking out and calling on the FDA to come to the aid of the public, the FDA still does nothing.
“Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply,” the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both studies, said in a prepared statement.
2. FDA Pushes Unlabeled, Genetically Modified Salmon
Back in 2011, Congress took legal action against the approval of genetically modified salmon via blocking the FDA from approving it due to health concerns. Calling for further research, Congress listened to the warnings given by experts over the potential dangers of the genetically modified creation.
Known as AquAdvantage, the creation process of the fish involves a combination of genomes taken from other fish. Using a gene from the pout fish to prevent freezing, and a growth gene from the Chinook salmon to bring forth faster growth, the engineered salmon is ‘enhanced’ to grow much faster.
One concern is that this genetically modified fish could escape from fish farms and threaten the very genetic code of salmon worldwide. What’s more, however, is that the FDA wouldn’t even require labeling of the GM salmon.
This means you could be unknowingly consuming AquAdvantage salmon, thanks to the FDA completely ignoring the potential dangers and concerns of the public and experts alike.