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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Tainted Food Supply and Illegal Aliens

Originally posted at Right Truth

It is a fact that legal immigrants are required to have medical screening to ensure that they do not bring any contagious diseases into the United States. Illegal aliens are not screened and many are carrying horrific third world diseases that do not belong in the USA. Many of these diseases are highly contagious and will infect citizens that come in contact with an infected illegal alien. (source)

HIV , Hepatitis A-E, Tuberculosis, ... Illegal immigrants were being blamed for all of the state's economic problems. ... for Salmonella and Campylobacter infections they got from tainted food. ...

Our food source is in trouble from many different areas, and yet the Food and Drug Administration, whose job it is to warn the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter, is conducting just half the food safety inspections it did three years ago. (CNN)

In these countries the logic used in determining how to fertilize the soil is, “If it stinks it must be good.” Therefore the use of human fecal matter is not out of the question. There are supposedly federal guidelines requiring these exporting producers to adhere to our standards but again as in the case of Illegal Immigration, “We don’t care bout no stinkin laws.” --The Conservative Voice

THE WASHINGTON TIMES , February 8, 2007, via Americans for Legal Immigration

Federal researchers say neurocysticercosis, a brain infection caused by a pork tapeworm, is a "growing public health problem in the United States," especially in states bordering Mexico, where the disease is endemic.

Neurocysticercosis is the "most common parasitic disease of the central nervous system," according to a study jointly conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California public health officials, who reported that "international travel and immigration are bringing the disorder to areas where it is not endemic," such as this country.
"Neurocysticercosis is the primary cause of epilepsy in endemic areas. [snip]

A person infected with the intestinal tapeworm stage of the infection will shed tapeworm eggs in bowel movements. Tapeworm eggs that are accidentally swallowed by other people can cause infection, the CDC says in information about the disease at its Web site, These eggs are spread through food, water or surfaces contaminated with feces. "So if you have people cooking for you or handling your food who are tapeworm carriers and don't have good personal hygiene, you will be exposed to the eggs of the tapeworm" and become infected by swallowing food they touch, Mr. Tsang explained.

Carriers tend to be people from rural developing countries with poor hygiene, where pigs are allowed to roam freely and eat human feces. Mr. Tsang said the condition is rife in Mexico and other parts of Latin America and Central America and "in a large part of China and Africa."

Clostridium botulinum, Listeria monocytogenes, salmonella, Forbes , February 19, 2007, via Liberty

The drumroll for tainted food continued Monday with a nationwide recall of Oscar Mayer chicken breast strips for bacterial contamination. The recall by Carolina Culinary Foods of West Columbia, S.C., involves 52,650 pounds of fully cooked chicken breasts produced on Jan. 9 and distributed nationwide to retailers. [snip]

According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a sample of the meat tested in Georgia was contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause listeriosis, a rare but serious infection.

The chicken breast recall is the fourth food recall in a week. Fresh cantaloupe and selected jars of organic baby food were recalled late Friday, and a major recall of peanut butter was initiated late Wednesday after 300 people in 39 states were sickened.

In the case of the cantaloupes and peanut butter, the culprit was salmonella. The baby food was contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism. Both are life-threatening illnesses.

E-Coli, hemolytic-uremic syndrome, Fresh

The outbreaks together sickened 350 people - and killed three, including 2-year-old Kyle Allgood, an Idaho boy who died Sept. 20 at Primary Children's from hemolytic-uremic syndrome - nationwide [snip]

The strain of bacteria that caused the three recent outbreaks from leafy greens - E. coli O157:H7 - is a nasty pathogen that can bring severe illness, kidney failure and death.

The source for these diseases is feces, both human and animal, which taints the water, food, preparation surfaces in restaurant kitchens from dirty hands. No, not all of the above food contamination situations can be directly connected to illegal aliens, but some of them can. Some are connected to other countries such as Mexico, other Latin American countries, Costa Rica, and more.

Some (I won't mention them specifically here) have suggested that illegal aliens are intentionally contaminating crops in our fields and even go so far as to suggest they are contaminating food in restaurants. I have no proof of this. But we all need to be very careful, wash your hands, wash your food, try to find out where your food comes from.

On the FDA:

The cuts by the Food and Drug Administration come despite a barrage of high-profile food recalls.

"We have a food safety crisis on the horizon," said Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia. (Paging Dr. Gupta blog: Who's leading the food safety charge? )

Between 2003 and 2006, FDA food safety inspections dropped 47 percent, according to a database analysis of federal records by The Associated Press.

That's not all that's dropping at the FDA in terms of food safety. The analysis also shows:

• There are 12 percent fewer FDA employees in field offices who concentrate on food issues.

• Safety tests for U.S.-produced food have dropped nearly 75 percent, from 9,748 in 2003 to 2,455 last year, according to the agency's own statistics.

After the September 11 attacks, the FDA, at the urging of Congress, increased the number of food inspectors and inspections amid fears that the nation's food system was vulnerable to terrorists. Inspectors and inspections spiked in 2003, but now both have fallen enough to erase the gains. (source)

Can we depend on the government to keep our food supply safe and can we depend on the government to secure out borders? That is their job, isn't it? It's not just food contamination, it is diseases spread by sexual contact, blood, etc. that we also need to be concerned with.

Other immigration news:

Find out which organizations are supporting illegal aliens at the Federation for American Immigration Reform

More on the Nashville Muslim cabbie from Bear Creek Ledger

From the Tennessean (h/t Instapundit) we find out what the religious disagreement was about:

A Nashville cabbie made anti-Semitic statements and praised Adolph Hitler's campaign against Jews during a religious argument that culminated when he ran over one of the passengers as he left the taxi, witnesses said during a hearing today.

Mexican Trucks to the Rescue, Common Sense America

Apparently, American truckers have now joined the-jobs-Americans-won’t-do-club and are going to be replaced by Mexican trucks and drivers who will be able to freely cross our borders within the next two months. Mexican truck drivers who, not surprisingly, are willing to work for less than a third of what American drivers now earn. The average Mexican truck driver now earns an average of about $40,000 a year compared to an American owner-operator who earns approximately $150,000 a year.

Catch Illegal Immigrants - New York Times Game, from DeMediacratic Nation

From the editorial board over at the toilet "paper" of record:

"It's almost enough to make us nostalgic for streaking and sitting on flagpoles. College students from Michigan to Florida have found a new way to get attention, offend others and make a right-wing statement all at once. It's a game with a name that says it all: "Catch the Illegal Immigrant."

Guns of Navarette Fire Again, from DeMediacratic Nation

"Hopefully, at the end of it all, we'll have comprehensive immigration reform that gives illegal immigrants a path to legal residency. Until that happens, the popular view is that towns, cities, and states will take it upon themselves to try to end illegal immigration -- for better or worse."

"I'm ready for some better. I've seen plenty of the worse."

Ruben Navarette with commentary at CNN.Com

Export Dollars to Mexico with Bank of America, at Liberally Conservative

Protect Our has more information

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