Drugs in Your Water; Secret’s in Your Meat

You can know the cities with med’s in the drinking water,
but you can’t know if your store sold you recalled meat

Inebriated Press
March 11, 2008

The New York Times reported yesterday that traces of sedatives are in New York City’s water, and Ibuprofen and naproxen is in the Washington, D.C. water supply.  Also, anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety drugs have been found in southern California’s water.  And NewsBlaze reports that USDA’s undersecretary for food safety told a government panel last week that the names of the stores that received some of the 143 million pounds of recalled beef would not be made public, because it was “proprietary.”  Freedom, control and Americans right to know what they’re eating and drinking is being debated.

“We’ll tell you what you need to know when we think you need to know it,” said a highly placed U.S. government official, who declined to share his name because he didn’t think we needed to know it.  “You eat and drink the stuff in the stores and public water sources and don’t have no worries.  It’s all okay. We know what wez doin.  Jus’ forget about it.” 

Not everyone is comfortable that the federal governments’ secret food recall program is healthy for America, or that it’s moral, even if it’s legal somehow.  “The meat lobbyists have our government by the nose and have convinced officials that if I know where contaminated meat is being sold that I’ll be ‘confused’ and may stop buying bad meat from that store,” said Hapless Consumer, a housewife and executive who feeds her kids, manages a company, and tends to get pissed off at people who withhold damning evidence from her.  “You’re telling me that I’m a free American who doesn’t have a right to know that the store I shop at has been selling bad meat that has been recalled?  I can’t know that?  It’s too tough for me to handle?  I haven’t swallowed enough anti-anxiety laced California water to make me so relaxed I’ll accept that line of bull shit.”

At least 10,000 food distributors sold recalled meat from the shuttered Hallmark slaughterhouse in Chino, California including ConAgra, General Foods, Nestle and H.J. Heinz and it could still be on store shelves.  But Richard Raymond, USDA undersecretary for food safety, told an incredulous U.S. House Appropriation’s agriculture panel last week the information is “proprietary” and would not be released.  Naming names could drive customers away and just “confuse” people say trade groups like the American Meat Institute, Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association. 
The New York Times said that Associated Press is drawing attention to the widespread problem of trace amounts of pharmaceutical chemicals turning up in the drinking water supply of millions of Americans, but no one seems to know how to react.  There are traces of sedatives in New York City’s water.  Ibuprofen and naproxen in Washington, D.C.  Anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety drugs in southern California.  The American Water Works Association, a trade group representing thousands of water utilities, seemed to suggest that the problem is the testing data, not the water.  A California water official warned The A.P. before it published the article that that the public “doesn’t know how to interpret the information” from the tests.   So where does bad food come from, and how are drugs getting into the water you drink?  Don’t ask and don’t worry, say the experts.

“American’s tend to over-react when they find out that government approved food and water is unknowingly causing them to ingest drugs and pharmaceuticals, E.coli, mad cow disease-prions and stuff like that, and they need to be protected from themselves by not being told what’s going on,” said F. U. Pal, Director of the Center for Unbridled Consumption, a non-profit Washington D.C. based think-tank supported by global food additive and chemical companies.  “It’s important that government authorities don’t damage the public trust in our food system or in consumption of products, services or any other consumable product or system that underpins our economic structure.  While it’s helpful on occasion to recall food or products and destroy them, thereby causing scarcity and driving up prices and demand, there’s the downside of causing some companies to go out of business due to the financial losses that they take.  Capitalism is a tough system and sometimes companies break rules and sell bad stuff.  If we bust them for it, they can lose market share so we need to be flexible with how we enforce the rules.  It’s all very complicated and best left to lobbyists and government bureaucrats.”

In related news, odds makers say a small percentage of us will get cancer and other diseases from the stuff we unwittingly ingest.  And since a lot of people also die in auto accidents, life and death is just a crap shoot anyway, so the food and water supply isn’t anything to worry about.  But don’t smoke.  You have no right to risk your life that way.  At least that’s what the experts say.

Middle School News Flash: The big guys get to tell you what to do. 
Get used to it.

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