Salmonella, insects, excrement and hair found in imported spices, from countries such as India and Vietnam, have caused outbreaks around the world, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Some 12 percent of imported spices contained what the FDA deemed as ‘filth’--insects, excrement and hair--between 2007 and 2010, the new report said. The imported spices were also twice as likely to contain salmonella as any other inspected foods with almost 7 percent of the goods containing the pathogen during the three-year period. Over three years, 749 spice shipments were refused entry into the US because of salmonella contamination while
Comments: Fish farms, canning and frozen food factories (fish, meat, vegetables and fruit), and soon whole and parts of frozen chicken and wine, all from what we used to call the Third World. I´m sure I´ve missed some edible products. If it doesn´t clearly state grown or produced in the USA on the label, I don´t buy it. "Distributed by" does not cut it.
With the way health care is about to be rationed for us all, with appointments being made weeks away, we cannot take the slightest risk with health.
So many imported foods find their way into restaurants. They are in business, after all, and must save money wherever they can. I like Indian dishes but buy only spices from US companies who may import a spice from as far away as Canada but that´s it. The USDA and FDA are not protecting us. I am glad I realized that years ago. They don´t shut down filthy places HERE in the U.S. as they should much less put a stop to harmful edible imports.
At least six people are feared dead and more than 30 people were injured when a police helicopter crashed into the roof of an iconic pub in Glasgow city centre last night. Emergency services had to drag customers out of the premises after the aircraft fell from the sky ´like a stone´. A police officer at the scene said there were a ´few confirmed deaths´ but could not say how many. Sky News is reporting that a source has said that at least six people were killed in the incident. Police Scotland have confirmed that 32 people have been taken to hospital to treatment
When Laszlo Andor, the EU Employment Commissioner, said this week that Britain risked becoming a “nasty country” because of its attitude to immigration, I happened to be in Paris. I was exercising the right of freedom of movement, due to me as an EU citizen, to make a speech there and visit some archives. Paris is strangely empty of French people these days. This is partly because an estimated 300,000 of them are currently in the capital of the newly nasty country, London. The French Lycée in South Kensington is grossly oversubscribed. Educated French people have fled President Hollande’s punitive
So I´m a speaker at this conference, a month or two ago, and I´ve just delivered my spiel about the global warming hysteria being a classic example of the madness of crowds. The audience are gratifyingly impressed: some of them have never heard this stuff before, certainly not expressed in quite so forthright a way. Now there are questions from the floor and one of them comes from a university professor. Actually--I´ve seen this before, all too many times: it´s how the Warmists roll--there´s no question being asked, it´s more of a rambling, grandstanding statement. The professor roots his statement
Britain’s immigration row escalated on Friday after the leaders of four Eastern European countries jointly criticised David Cameron for attempting to limit migrants’ benefit entitlements. A statement by the governments of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary warned the prime minister against a “selective application” of European Union rules on free movement of labour. The quartet added that migrants from central and Eastern Europe, at least a million of whom are believed to be working in Britain, had been greatly beneficial to the British economy overall. [Snip] Mr Cameron responded by saying that it was “inappropriate” for an unelected
A moonwalking Shetland pony that shot to fame after being seen by millions in a TV advert for a mobile network is set to return to our screens. The video of Socks dancing to the tune of Fleetwood Mac´s 1988 hit Everywhere became an internet hit earlier this year, with more than seven million people viewing it on YouTube. It has now been announced that Socks has been called back to star in a second commercial for the mobile phone network Three, again set on the windswept beaches of Shetland. [Snip] Socks will be kitted out in a Fair Isle
A British soldier was set upon by Muslim converts like a butchers "attacking a joint of meat" as they tried to hack off his head, the Old Bailey heard. Footage of the moment two men allegedly ran down drummer Lee Rigby before attacking him with a cleaver and knives was shown to the jury in his murder trial. The CCTV clip showed the car, allegedly driven by Michael Adebolajo swerve across a road and hit the 25-year-old from behind as he crossed the road. Mr Rigby was knocked unconscious by the collision and his motionless body was then attacked by
Liquidators escorted by police are evicting staff from a public TV station in the Spanish city of Valencia, after an order to shut it down. They moved in after staff at the loss-making station defied the closure order by the regional government and continued broadcasting. Valencia´s government took the decision to close RTVV after losing a court battle to cut staff by more than half. Valencia´s government is run by the conservative Popular Party, which is in power nationally in Spain under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. In Greece, the conservative-led coalition government shut down the national broadcaster ERT on grounds
Eyewitnesses said trouble flared up when staff told him was only allowed to buy one of each product. He was escorted from the store by security guards and was finally restrained by five members of staff--with one employee suffering a cut face. One witness said: ´He was being told by staff at Asda that he wasn´t allowed to buy two TVs. ´Security then escorted him and he was arguing and filming them on his mobile phone when it was knocked out of his hand. ´He ended up being carted off handcuffed in a police car but it was the security
A man has been stabbed in Virginia, a shoplifter has been shot by cops in Chicago and brawls have broken out across the nation as shoppers clash in a scramble for the best Black Friday bargains. [Snip] In one of the most violent incidents yet, a police officer responded to the scene of a shoplifting at a Kohl´s store in Romeoville, Illinois just after 10pm on Thursday to see the alleged thief dragging another officer along with his car. The responding officer shot the driver to stop him. Police Chief Mark Turvey said at a news conference that the injured
One of the country’s leading judges yesterday compared the behaviour of the European Court of Human Rights to the methods of Communist East Germany. The human rights judges in Strasbourg say they are democratic but in reality they dictate the law, just like the communist bosses did, said Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption. In a sweeping attack on the way the court has been run, he said it was contributing to a ‘mundane and insidious’ decline of parliamentary powers and accused it of an Orwellian attempt to corrupt democracy. [Snip] In a speech delivered in Malaysia and published in London
His wife may be behind the nation´s biggest healthy-eating campaign, but even the president is allowed one day off a year. President Barack Obama is celebrating Thanksgiving with a quiet family dinner at the White House - where he will be feasting on a choice of nine pies. The first family will have a choice of huckleberry pie, pecan pie, chocolate cream pie, sweet potato pie, peach pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, banana cream pie or coconut cream pie, The Hill reported. The selection offers three more pies than last year. Savory dishes on the menu include turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster
Little Hunter Alford needs chemotherapy to treat the rare and deadly cancer he was born with but has lost his health insurance under an administrative blunder seemingly caused by Obamacare. While the president´s signature policy promised that no one with a pre-existing condition would not be covered, the Affordable Care Act has seemingly caused the seven-year-old Gainesville, Texas, boy to face an agonizing wait for treatment as his parents battle to get him back on his insurance plan. ´Why would you cancel a kid?´ asked his mother Krista Alford. ´I really want to send Obama and all of them pictures
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
President Obama requested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take a “breather” from his harsh criticism of the U.S. strategy regarding Iran during a call betwee the two leaders, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The request came as the administration girds up for a push in the next six months to reach a final settlement on Iran´s nuclear program. The president reportedly urged Netanyahu to tone down his rhetoric for the sake of diplomacy and urged him to dispatch officials to Washington who could help negotiate a resolution agreeable to both countries. The president called Netanyahu last Sunday, promising to
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.” I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president.
Cher told her fans on Wednesday that she does not celebrate Thanksgiving. In fact, she appears to deplore the American holiday, calling in the “beginning of a great crime.” Cher said that the American settlers were guilty of taking land from native Americans who had no concept of property ownership and also intentionally infected them with smallpox. “You don’t celebrate the holiday I thought?” a fan asked Cher. “I DON’T,” Cher replied emphatically. She said that, to her, Thanksgiving is a day to see family, eat food together and watch a movie. “Not 2 celebrate the beginning of a GREAT Crime.” When asked
For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional. Such as the one just spectacularly blown up in the Senate. To get three judges onto a coveted circuit court, frustrated Democrats abolished the filibuster for executive appointments and (non-Supreme Court) judicial nominations. The problem is not the change itself. It’s fine that a president staffing his administration should need 51 votes rather than 60. Doing so for judicial appointments, which are for life, is a bit dicier. Nonetheless, for
Four more years. 10 trillion more dollars in debt. And by the end of it, we’ll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama’s trademark Soy and Asphalt pie. The motives behind the Washington Post op-ed argument are… revealing. I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton
For Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, enough was enough. The Senate´s top Republican had watched a Tea Party-driven government shutdown sink the GOP´s already-weak brand and jeopardize McConnell´s own chances of ever becoming majority leader. The solution, he concluded, was that the party´s so-called Establishment had to start fighting back against its most conservative wing. McConnell, an ardent Obamacare opponent, and other Republican pragmatists in Congress, supported the conservatives´ mission to defund Obamacare during budget negotiations, which led to the 16-day shutdown. But the pragmatists also accepted that their odds of success were virtually nil. Democrats ruled the Senate and White House, those
One day after a new poll showed that only a minority of Americans trust President Barack Obama, the president told an audience that his policies are based on kindness. “Kindness covers all of my political beliefs,” Obama told his audience of wealthy investors, high-tech donors, journalists and fellow Democrats Tuesday, only two months after he slashed at GOP legislators, calling them arsonists, nuclear blackmailers, economic wreckers, hostage-takers, obsessives and irresponsible extremists. “When I think about what I’m fighting for, what gets me up every single day, [kindness] captures it just about as much as anything,” he told his audience at the DreamWorks
Progressive talk radio needs a savior. Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in
When 200 of CGI Federal´s top managers gathered at the luxurious Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania on a brisk day in early November 2009, they found time for business - and high jinks. CGI Federal and its parent company, CGI, do behind-the-scenes work, often with "Top Secret" clearance, for hundreds of American and foreign government agencies - from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and State Department to the Kyrgyzstan Border Service and World Anti-Doping Agency. But the questions swirling around the company go beyond how it mangled the showpiece reform of Obama´s presidency. Some investors and analysts are expressing concerns
After the elections in 2016, President Barack Obama will leave the White House, but he may not leave Washington. In an interview with ABC, Obama said the decision will revolve around Sasha, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama´s youngest daughter, who will be a sophomore in high school when he leaves office. Malia, the oldest daughter, will be in college. "´Cause she´s, you know, obviously they - and Michelle - have made a lot of sacrifices on behalf of my cockamamie ideas, the running for office and things," Obama told ABC´s Barbara Walters. The interview with the President and First Lady
The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested. The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals. He points out that while humans have many features in common with chimps, we also have a large number of distinguishing characteristics not found in any other primates. Dr McCarthy says these divergent characteristics are most likely the result of a hybrid origin at some point far back in human evolutionary history. What´s more, he suggests,