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Author Topic: Protecting Americans Every Step of the Way: Framework for Import Safety  (Read 6318 times)
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3catkidneyfailure
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« on: October 06, 2007, 03:55:40 PM »

Import Safety
The Interagency Working Group on Import Safety, made up of senior Administration officials, was
established by Executive Order on July 18, 2007, to conduct a comprehensive review of current import
safety practices and determine where improvements can be made.
The Working Group, chaired by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, will review what is
being done to promote import safety at three stages:

In the exporting country
By U.S. importing companies, and
By federal, state, and local governments.
Import Safety Working Group Reports Initial Findings to the President pdf file

http://www.importsafety.gov/report/index.html


Protecting Americans Every Step of the Way: A strategic framework for
continual improvement in import safety

http://www.importsafety.gov/report/index.html



The Interagency Working Group on Import Safety requested public comments on Import Safety.

Import Safety Federal Register Notice [PDF - 74.02 KB]

The public meeting was held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, in the Jefferson Auditorium, South
Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, D.C. 20250. 

Remarks by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt and USDA Acting Secretary Conner at the Import Safety Working Group Public Meeting


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Secretary
Chuck Conner, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson delivered
remarks throughout the day at the October 1, 2007 public meeting on import safety.

http://www.importsafety.gov/outreach/public/index.html
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2007, 06:58:05 PM »

Right now, it seems all a country has to do is say they have similar standards as ours......We farmers have been trying to get someone to understand that for some time....It is a problem,

Pat
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007, 08:08:09 AM »

The Bush strategic framework to protect Americans is to have agri-business
in charge of inspecting and testing:

Strategic Framework
The challenges presented by the increasingly global economy and growing import volumes require a paradigm shift from an intervention, border-focused strategy to a life-cycle approach that stresses a risk-based approach to prevention with verification that identifies high-risk segments of the import life cycle and verifies the safety of products at those important phases. With this shift, the U.S. import process will change from viewing a “snapshot” of the product at the border to achieving a real-time “video” across the product’s import life cycle at the most appropriate points of production and distribution.

This shift forms the basis of the Working Group’s new Strategic Framework.  It envisions the public and private sectors working together to identify risks, and considers new approaches for addressing these risks. Within this Framework, the vision must be to continually improve the safety of imported products.  Both the public and private sectors must be vigilant and committed to ensuring that safety is built into the products Americans import in the most cost-effective manner possible.


Mr. Bush, I know you have often been accused of being out of touch with reality, but isn't this the same strategic framework that
has gotten the American consumer into this contaminated food import mess in the first place, sir? Respectfully, you need to shop
your local grocery store and eat at fast food restaurants, and perhaps you would understand why the public is now so alarmed.
Perhaps Menu Foods could send your pet a leftover can, and the situation would become more real to you.

Lastly, sir, if you would give the American consumer a labelling program which reflects what is in the food offered for sale and the country it is
from, the American consumer at this point could vote with their purchasing-dollar and rapidly clean up some of the problems with imported products
by not purchasing them. And this national program of elimination by lack of demand could be implemented immediately in the interests of consumer safety.
3cats
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2007, 10:16:13 AM »

The Bush strategic framework to protect Americans is to have agri-business
in charge of inspecting and testing:

Strategic Framework
The challenges presented by the increasingly global economy and growing import volumes require a paradigm shift from an intervention, border-focused strategy to a life-cycle approach that stresses a risk-based approach to prevention with verification that identifies high-risk segments of the import life cycle and verifies the safety of products at those important phases. With this shift, the U.S. import process will change from viewing a “snapshot” of the product at the border to achieving a real-time “video” across the product’s import life cycle at the most appropriate points of production and distribution.

This shift forms the basis of the Working Group’s new Strategic Framework.  It envisions the public and private sectors working together to identify risks, and considers new approaches for addressing these risks. Within this Framework, the vision must be to continually improve the safety of imported products.  Both the public and private sectors must be vigilant and committed to ensuring that safety is built into the products Americans import in the most cost-effective manner possible.


Mr. Bush, I know you have often been accused of being out of touch with reality, but isn't this the same strategic framework that
has gotten the American consumer into this contaminated food import mess in the first place, sir? Respectfully, you need to shop
your local grocery store and eat at fast food restaurants, and perhaps you would understand why the public is now so alarmed.
Perhaps Menu Foods could send your pet a leftover can, and the situation would become more real to you.

Lastly, sir, if you would give the American consumer a labelling program which reflects what is in the food offered for sale and the country it is
from, the American consumer at this point could vote with their purchasing-dollar and rapidly clean up some of the problems with imported products
by not purchasing them. And this national program of elimination by lack of demand could be implemented immediately in the interests of consumer safety.
3cats


To be fair, the NAFTA deal has spanned at least three presidencies and thatis where the laxer, "We'll accept your documents saying this was done with standards similar to ours" kinda took hold,


It does nt seem to be partisan. It seems like each administration is all for trying to increase trade and lettting things slide,
Pat
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 11:38:22 AM »

I agree, Pat, that this import policy has developed with both main parties in power.
It's just the concept that business interests left alone are going to fix food safety
issues that I don't have faith in, because it seems they haven't and are not willing to try
without some kind of oversite that does not now exist. And at a minimum, I want my
right to know clearly what I am purchasing in terms of food back so that I can make a
choice on whether I want to purchase it.  I don't believe that having that knowledge
is an unreasonable thing for the American consumer to ask for.
3cats
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 01:51:44 PM »

The agri businesses have already been running several branches of the gov. including USDA, FDA , HHS & Etc. .They of course have had help from pharma , chemical and manufacturing. It also appears that now the communist government of China has a great deal of influence in our countrys gov. more than we the citizens of the USA. 

HEY BUSH HOW ABOUT RETURNING THE GOVERNMENT TO PROTECTING THE CITIZENS OF THE USA. HOW ABOUT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS AND NOT BIG BUSINESS. HOW ABOUT  OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS STOP PROTECTING THE COMPANYS THAT BANK ROLL THEIR ELECTION COFFERS?
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2007, 06:50:10 PM »

I think, yl, perhaps asking elected officials to bite the hand that feeds them is not very likely.
But perhaps we could get some regulation of the excesses that choice solely based on
profits, without testing, without inspection, have led to to prevent further illnesses and deaths.

Turning back the economy of globilization is not really likely to happen either. But in its current
unregulated, uncontrolled state, it sure has downgraded the living standard in the United States
and the lives of every American citizen. The huge number of contaminated food imports currently
being included in the U.S. diet and deadly products, from toothpaste, to tires, to toys, certainly proves that.

If one bought much less this Christmas retail season, when retailers count on making half
their profits for the year, that might provoke the business retailing interests into making their representatives
in Washington do something effective. And it may be a really good idea for the safety of our loved
ones. Sorry to be a Christmas grinch, but it just could be important for your family's safety and well
being to be really careful and selective about everything you buy and buy much less this year. After all,
if retailers and businesses couldn't make a huge profit from sub-standard goods, they might have to
come up with something better and safer. A long time ago, if a product said "Made in Japan," no one
wanted it, as it was thought its quality was inferior. Perhaps it's time to change that phrase to "imported
into the United States" from any country without rigorous standards for safety and health already in place
and operating. 3cats
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catmom5
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 04:25:43 AM »

Good post.  I have already asked my family to consider a memory making experience rather than any purchased gifts this Christmas. Not only will we avoid the unsafe products, we will hopefully be teaching the youngsters (and reminding the oldsters) that people are more important than things. In a time when so many of us have trouble making up a "want list" (not even a '"need list") to keep purchasing more and more is asking for trouble on a lot of fronts. And if it sends a message to big business and the government, an added benefit. There are so many ways to celebrate without the mindless buying that advertisers and retailers create to make us believe we HAVE to have a certain product. (Have you ever watched the videos of people stampeding into stores at 6:00am the Friday after Thanksgiving? THAT IS INSANITY in its purest form!)
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 08:38:37 AM »

It would definitely make for a different kind of XMas for a lot of us, but could
send an import message loud and clear for safety. It would also make shopping for
the Holiday dinner different, but in the Holiday spirit of loving and caring. We might all
lose some weight and save some money without piling on the seasonal imports and goodies.
So look closely at the Big-Box holiday item on sale at your local retailer and don't buy it
this year unless you know where it comes from and approve.
3cats
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Patsbeef
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2007, 10:52:23 PM »

Threecats..I have been thinking about this a lot......

Some of the best food service companies that came into our plant when I was in potato Processing (Making French Fries), did a lot of inspectons. Sysco even had thier own QA Tech whenever we ran thier product...

Todays system requires and allows the buck to be passed to the governmment and we get tons of just getting by......

Here is my thought...Independent third party certification.........We don't buy unless they are certified by "Consumer safe certifications".......We can set our own standards.....I know it is effective when the movement is large enough. Circle U (kosher) is on all products......Certified Organic is another example...

Pat
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2007, 11:06:34 PM »

Pat
I think it's already started, the certification part, not the independent part. Follow
this link to Pet Suppy Verified:

http://65.38.188.61/Home/tabid/37/Default.aspx
3cats
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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2007, 05:45:49 AM »

I don't yet see a list of any verified companies on thier site........

It will be worthwhile, but it is kinda a chicken and egg thing.....Pet owners can demand it, but until one is verified here aren't a lot of choices.......

I am thinking it is needed on both the Human and Pet food supply.....Basically, get rid of reliance on the USDA....

Thanks for the link,

Pat
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2007, 01:26:41 PM »

3cat

IMHO this country is in trouble and it is because of the zBush lack of leadership and unwillingness to put safety and protecting people and pets ahead of profits of businesses.
You state"we can not expect our elected oficials to bite the hand that feeds them". They are paid a salary from our tax dollars , so aren't they biting the hand that feeds them in that respect? The money they receive from companies and lobbyist is in reality ,IMHO, what has contributed to the corruption of our government?

When the businesses moved to China and other foreign countries did prices of goods go down ? No prices have remained the same or increased  Poor quality, and  unsafe goods have increased. IMHO our government and freedom is in trouble thanks to the bed govermnment has made with business and foreign countries.
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2007, 04:13:08 PM »

yl, I think we're kind of saying the same thing. My reference to the hand that
feeds them was to the lobbyists that provide the perks and kickbacks, not the
salaries derived from our tax dollars or that underfund the agencies tasked with
protecting consumer safety. I don't think in the last many, many years I've been
voting that I've seen a poor Congressperson or President. So I see, too, the link between
business and government as an old and evil one of the free enterprise system where
only money talks. And that money seems to be converting Washington's food safety
bills (Food Safety Act of 2007, Food Safety Administration) into gutless, meaningless,
powerless amended-to-death bureaucratic jokes with the same business interests
in charge. I'm just as disgusted as you are.
3cats
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2007, 04:27:00 PM »

3cat I think we are on the same wave link. I saw a little  of cnn news earlier. Former president Carter was critizing the Bush administraition for torturing prisoners, Mrs. Bush wrote a letter to the editor  of the "Wall Street Journal",critizing another foreign country for treatment of people. She eluded that Bush will be implementing more sanctions against that country if they didn't shape up in how they treat people. I thought what an irony as both of these stories were broadcast with in a few minutes of each other.
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