When ex-Wisconsin Governor, Tommy Thompson, left his position as Secretary of the US Health and Human Services Agency, he expressed concern about terrorists poisoning the US food supply: [“’For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do,’ he said, adding that he ‘worried every single night’ about terrorist threats to the nation’s food supply.”](http://www.ombwatch.org/article/articleview/2578/1/219?
TopicID=1 “Link to ombwatch.org website”) Maybe the terrorists haven’t attacked the US food supply because it would be a duplication of effort?
If you’re feeling good about the food you eat, visit the US Government’s Recent Recalls webpage for a reality check. Today, the top story in the Meat and Poultry Products category is “Wisconsin Firm Recalls Ground Beef Because of Possible Contamination with Hydraulic Fluid”. 123,000 pounds of ground beef that have been distributed to numerous states nationwide are being recalled because they may have hydraulic fluid in them. That’s what, 60 some tons of ground beef contaminated with a deadly fluid? Big business does it and it’s a mistake; fanatics do it and it’s terrorism. Does that make anybody any less dead after eating the beef?
That particular recall is classified as a Class I health risk. Class I is defined as “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”Next on the list, “Tennessee Firm Recalls Ham for Possible Listeria Contamination”. Mmm…
Some of that ham was fed to customers of a restaurant chain on February 5th and 6th. Would you like fries with your Class I health risk?
A firm that decided that we alll need a bit more glass in our diet is next on the list. “Texas Firm Expands Recall of Frozen Food Products That May Contain Pieces of Glass” Over 300,000(!) pounds of frozen foods are being recalled because glass made it into the manufacturing chain. That’s what? 150 tons of wasted food? And, lest you think that someone at the plant caught the problem and acted proactively, “The problem was discovered after the company received consumer complaints.” Just another Class I health risk from our friends in Texas.
Are you hoping to avoid the problem by eating chicken instead of beef and pork? “New York Firm Recalls Empire Kosher Chicken Products for Possible Listeria Contamination” That’s a relatively small recall. Only 5,760 pounds of Class I health risk chicken are being recalled.
Here’s a company that’s not quite sure what it puts in its food products. “Massachusetts Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due To Undeclared Allergen” Turns out the chicken is marinated in yogurt, but there is no mention of milk products on the labeling. That’s just too bad for everyone in numerous states along the Eastern US that are allegeric to milk products.
From our “It All Looks the Same When It’s Ground” Department: “California Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Mislabeling” and “California Firm Recalls Pork Products Because of Mislabeling” Apparently, somebody at the factory pulled the “Shrimp” lever instead of the “Beef” or “Pork” lever while making dumplings. Sorry, all you folks allergic to shell fish. Just another Class I health risk from a US company.
Anyway, I could go on and on, but that would only belabor the point that the US food supply is in enough danger from US residents and companies. Terrorists need not apply to further muck up the US food chain. We’re doing just fine on our own, thanks.