Seattle political writer David Goldstein at a community forum in Belltown two weeks ago.
The overnight blogs are abuzz: Tenet (slamdunking Iraq) and Goldy (recycling poisoned pet food).
Both merit close attention, but Goldy (David Goldstein) is right here in Seattle, and he's making international news. Let's not forget that his blog, HorsesAss.org, was the first to reveal Michael Brown's bogus credentials to run FEMA. This time, it's another fuckup, but with truly ominous potential: China's melamine-laced pet food was recycled as feed for domestic pork, and our FDA let them get away with it.
Cornichon took some heat last year for straying off-topic and discussing food safety. Tough shit. We trust the gummint to keep unsafe food off the market. If the incumbent administration's public policy falls short, we've got to speak up.
Who knows what kind of shit is adulterating our imported and domestic food supply? But whatever it is, it's about to hit the fan.
The FDA, says Goldy, must have known that this wasn't, um, kosher.
Had this accident never occurred -- had cats, with their sensitive renal systems, not been the canary in the coal mine of melamine toxicity -- we might never have known that our children and our pets were being slowly poisoned by Chinese capitalism.
The blog DailyKos, reporting on Goldy's revelations, concludes:
Did the FDA know that the Chinese were spiking rice, wheat, and corn gluten with melamine, a chemical that boosts nitrogen levels, what food regulators commonly test to determine protein levels? It seems likely. So now the question, why did they let it continue for so long?
The frightening conclusion: it's not just Fluffy's and Fido's food dish, it could mean that virtually every plate in the country ends up contaminated. Let the finger-pointing begin.