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Consumers Should Assume Responsibility

September 17, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: According to the lead story in yesterday’s Washington Post, the meat inspection program that USDA plans to roll out in meat and poultry plants nationwide has repeatedly failed......

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Oelwyn

Sep-17-13 1:08 AM

John,how is the USDA the "FOX in the hen house"if the industry controls the standards? USDA needs regulation and Funding to exceed the sub-standard products.Do you suffer from 'fundamental perceptual handicap'?

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FedUpL8ly

Sep-17-13 2:41 AM

Oelwyn, get a clue. The FDA has enough funding or else they wouldn't be giving millions in bonuses every year despite their poor record. What your self-admitted socialist mind should be asking is "WHY" is this happening now when the Obama administration just allowed the Chinese to gain control of Smithfield, especially with China's atrocious record with food quality.

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carlaw

Sep-17-13 5:42 AM

Don't worry no one can afford meat any more anyhow.

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JohnLS

Sep-17-13 7:00 AM

What a strange letter is all I can say.

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JohnLS

Sep-17-13 7:00 AM

What a strange letter is all I can say.

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nonfiction

Sep-17-13 7:35 AM

Teddy Roosevelt is rolling over in his grave.

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whiskers

Sep-17-13 8:41 AM

Nifty letter.... but where in blazes is our 4 trillion Obama wasted id? We surely need it .... Yet the boneheads in the beltway continue to blow trillions on more stupidity. (sex life of elderly torpedo beetles) The real stooges are the voters

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Howard

Sep-17-13 10:27 AM

If anything it is Congress's disability to pass a budget! I understand that our food and all safety measures are compromised under the sequester. It is time you all understand it, also! The "Do-Nothing" congress is responsible for a lot more to come. The USDA is a drop in the bucket. There should be much more outrage, and there will be when the sequester starts hitting the middle class as it has the poor so far. Your grandmother is going hungry without meals-on-wheels and the poor will be homeless with the new exorbitant rental fees. Set your priorities straight!

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RationalThinker

Sep-17-13 12:16 PM

"plant-based meats"?

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73capri

Sep-17-13 1:47 PM

Isn't beef a plant based meat. Cows are vegetarians.

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JohnLS

Sep-17-13 2:46 PM

Tofu is a plant based meat. FYI

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sonoma

Sep-17-13 4:45 PM

If you think the sequester is bad just wait until someone actually tries to BLANCE THE BUDGET rather than borrowing from China every few months to push a socialist adgenda. The sequester's cuts are about one tenth of what is needed.-----Besides, I get very suspicious when someone pushes me towards a radical liberal diet. Send the grass and leaves to Calif and leave the meat here.

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Jamestownite

Sep-17-13 6:22 PM

Blance the budget?

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crosshairs

Sep-17-13 7:22 PM

The reason Mr Waffner wrote the letter is because he's anti meat.He has written letters before about doing away with meat.He can eat all the crap he wants but I'm sick of people trying to impose their agendas on me.Now give me a big juicy steak.

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sonoma

Sep-17-13 7:23 PM

LOL--fingers were faster than brain

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Girlyman

Sep-17-13 8:01 PM

"A strange letter" ? There are just so many selfish people any more. They just don't care unless there 7 yr old granddaughter dies from E-coli,etc

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Emelye

Sep-17-13 10:17 PM

We have a government that rewards corporate insiders by giving them high ranking jobs regulating the industries they used to work for. After their government "service" they go back to even more rewarding jobs in the companies they used to regulate. What I don;'t understand is why people are still surprised when the government agencies do more for the corporate elite than they do for the People they are supposed to serve!

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DavidVA

Sep-23-13 2:50 PM

FWIW, food inspections are under the Department of Agricutture, not the FDA. Is USDA aligned with industry? Yes, but that was also true in the past. The probelm today is the same problem we have with many Federal and State programs: the funding to run them is inadequate to the task.

So whine if you swish, but success will require more tax money ... unless food poisoning is your preference.

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DavidVA

Sep-23-13 3:06 PM

From Emelye: "We have a government that rewards corporate insiders by giving them high ranking jobs regulating the industries they used to work for. After their government "service" they go back to even more rewarding jobs in the companies they used to regulate."

Close, but no quite the way it happens. The rewards are all given by industry and "dedicated service" in the governement is how you earn them.

I knew a GS-15 (high-ranking civil servant) who had oversight of a bid specification and was also the primary evaulator of the bids recieved for a large (>$100 MIllion) contract. He retired into a Vice-Presidency at the company who won the bid a year after the award.

This happens often. Unless a high-level whistleblower intervenes, the fix is typically in for the ones who would investigate, too. The good ones cover their tracks. The track-coverrers just collect a bit later.

BTW, this also occurs in the private sector. It's human nature to

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