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Mr. President, US Senate, Congress, --Tell Us Where Our Food Is From!!

    1. Concerned Parents
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      Concerned Parents

      Centreville, VA

We are blind when it comes to knowing where our food is from. Even President Obama thinks it is America's right to know where their food is coming from. In 2007 he stated "As President I'll immediately implement country of origin labeling because Americans should know where their food is coming from." So far it hasn't happened.

Not having country of origin labeling on processed foods to date is especially concerning because it has come to my attention that the FDA is allowing ingredients for our food supply to be sourced from Japan, even in close proximity to the Fukushima, Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. 

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm247403.htm

http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/161583.pdf

Major corporations have stated they are sourcing ingredients from Japan: Kellogg's, General Mills, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, and even Johnson and Johnson, maker of baby wash products and parent company to many medicine manufacturers. These companies combined produce a vast proportion of the products on our store shelves today. There are probably more companies doing the same, these are just the ones I know about.

Why is eating food from around Fukushima, Japan a bad idea?  Because the food could be contaminated with cancer causing nuclear waste material and the Japanese government is covering up how bad it really is there.

The Japanese government, the same entity that the FDA is relying on to tell us what is safe for our families to eat, has raised the amount of radiation that children are allowed to be exposed to from 1 microsieverts per year to 20 after independent reports found levels significantly higher than the 1 microsieverts .  As one mother from Fukushima stated,  “Do they imagine that people can suddenly withstand doses of radiation 20 times greater than were previously allowed?"

http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2011/9/20/fukushima-farmers-families-activists-from-japan-press-confer.html

Additionally, mothers in Japan have demonstrated against their government begging their government to stop sending potentially contaminated ingredients around the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUtBrUuY3Ng&feature=player_embedded

Furthermore, according to nuclear experts like Arnie Gundersen, there is no test known to man to measure for something called "hot particles". They are tiny cancer causing waste materials from nuclear disasters that cause cancer but cannot be found with geiger counters.   So even though these major companies say they have safety measures in place, their safety measures cannot catch the nuclear waste material that can still give our families cancer.

As consumers, we have a right to know where the ingredients from Japan are going in our food supply so if we don't feel comfortable with feeding it to our families, we can leave it on the shelf.  Right now we don't have a clue.  In essence, we are dining in the dark.

I was also surprised to learn from the report below that as of 2008, that China had become the third largest source of US agricultural and seafood imports. Additionally, as stated in the report below, these imports increased roughly fourfold from 433,000 metric tons (MT) and $1 billion in 1997 to 2.1 million MT and $4.9 billion in 2007. I was not aware of this either.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34080.pdf

http://newsforyourfamily.blogspot.com/2011/11/why-no-food-from-china-either.html

Furthermore, currently labeling laws do not require companies making products that are processed, meaning where at least one ingredient is mixed with another, from lotions to sunscreens, makeup to toothpaste, from shampoos to conditioners to foods and medicines that we consume to disclose where those ingredients are sourced from. Put simply, for example, in a box of cereal, I have no idea if the ingredients in that box that make up that cereal are from the United States, China, or Fukushima, Japan or all three. I just have no idea and on their own companies are not willing to say.  

http://newsforyourfamily.blogspot.com/2011/08/corporate-responses.html

Companies that market single ingredient items are required to list country of origin. For example, if I go to the store today, I can purchase a bag of peas and turn over the bag to find where those peas are sourced from. On the other hand, if I go to the store today and purchase a bag of peas mixed with carrots, this rule to let me know country of origin no longer applies. In the second case, corporations are not required to disclose the country of origin on those peas and carrots since it is processed, two ingredients mixed together. To inform consumers, both single item products and processed products should be held to the same standard. The labels of both products should list the country of origin for ingredients.

Under current law, companies that make processed items are able to simply list the ingredients on the labels and print on the labels "Distributed by... somewhere, USA" or "Manufactured in somewhere USA" or "Made in the USA" whereas in reality, in most if not all cases, one or more of the ingredients in these products are sourced from somewhere outside the United States.

Current labels of processed goods do nothing to help me make informed decisions for my family. As mentioned "Distributed by somewhere USA", or "Manufactured In somewhere, USA" or "Made in USA" gives me absolutely no information as to the country of origin of the actual ingredients that formulate that product.

As a citizen who wants to be an informed consumer, I am asking for the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to be modified to include the The Consumer Right To Know Act whereby as a consumer I have the right to know the country(ies) of origin of the ingredients from processed goods, just as I already have the right and ability to know country of origin information with single ingredient items like fresh fruit.

To be clear, I am not asking for the labels on processed products to specify the country of origin for each ingredient. For example, I am not requesting labeling of the country of origin of sugar in a particular processed food, or of a particular chemical in sunscreen. I understand that some companies do not want to disclose what they consider to be proprietary information.

However, I do want to be an informed consumer whereby labeling on the packaging tells me any country that is the source of any ingredient in the product. If, for example, a certain item has ingredients sourced from three different countries, say, China, United States, and Brazil, then companies under the Consumer Right to Know Act, would be required to state on their label “Product of China, USA, and Brazil.”

If for some reason that is too difficult for companies to do--some may say our sourcing countries change too frequently to do this-- then an alternative option under The Consumer Right to Know Act is for companies of processed items to list their products on their company website under a tab called “Consumer Right to Know”. This will be presented in the form of a spreadsheet whereby one column has the product name and in the next column over, the corresponding up-to date country(ies) of origin for the ingredients composing that product, and the next column over has the corresponding lot numbers. This list must be updated as sourcing information changes. Furthermore, under the Consumer Right to Know Act, the website information must have information as to when the website was updated last. Additionally, if companies choose the second option, to post country of origin for ingredients in a product on their website, they must state on their packaging label, “For information on the country(ies) of origin of the ingredients in this product, visit ____ and then give the website address. This will enable consumers to know exactly where they need to go to get the information they are seeking.

Lastly, another issue has come to my attention regarding product labeling. It is the issue having to do with genetic modification.

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml

http://mhadegree.com/2010/25-enlightening-studies-and-infographics-on-genetically-modified-food/

Genetically modified ingredients are making their way to our shelves in the United States and we have no idea where they are going. While genetically modifying corn might make it more disease resistant, some families may choose to not consume it. Genetically modified salmon may make for more meat, but some consumers may choose not to eat it. Some studies have suggested eating genetically modified food is not good for our health. For some people consuming a genetically modified product doesn’t make one bit of difference. Put simply, as consumers we have the right to know what items are genetically modified so that if we feel as consumers we don’t want to consume them, we can make that choice. As it stands now, we don’t always know because companies are not currently required to put it on their labels, so we don’t have a choice.

As noted on the Center for Food Safety’s website, The FDA relies on the very companies that have a financial interest in bringing these biotech crops to market to assess their safety. FDA has stated, "Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety" of gene altered foods. Congress must step up and fill the gaping regulatory hole left by the FDA to protect American consumers by requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The Center for Food Safety goes on to say that genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries around the world. If food makers like Kraft and Kellogg's can label the products they sell in these countries, they can certainly do it in the U.S.

I am not alone in this. According to the Center for Food Safety, a recent poll released by ABC News found that 92 percent of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling on genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, "Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare." I hope you will listen to me and the other 92 percent of the American public who want mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered foods including labeling on finished meat products to indicate if the meat is genetically engineered and/or if that finished meat product was ever fed genetically engineered food.

In summary, I am asking for better labeling laws so as a consumer I can make informed choices for my family. Thank you for supporting the rights of your constituents to be informed consumers by supporting and/or co-sponsoring a revision to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to include the enactment of The Consumer Right to Know Act. Thank you.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. More tainting from China.

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      China announced in May that 254 pharmaceutical suppliers, or 12.7 percent of the total, were producing tainted capsules. At least 10 are listed or linked to China-listed firms, according to the official Chinese media.

      Of 11,561 batches of drugs tested, 5.8 percent contained excessive levels of chromium. Instead of using gelatine derived from animal parts, they used cheap industrial gelatine from leather scraps treated with chromium that tans and softens animal hide.

      Please encourage all of your friends to sigh this much needed petition to change our labeling legislation. Stating where a product is made --which is all we get on current processed foods and some medicines--is no where near as useful as telling us where the actual ingredients are from!! Sure would like to know if tainted capsules are making their way into the US!

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. http://www.change.org/petitions/urgent-fukushima-radioactive-fallout-food-s

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters, please take a minute to sign this petition as well. It says we need to increase monitoring of our food supply. Thanks!

    5. The Nuclear Plant in Japan is still leaking. Radiation getting in our food!

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      Please help with your signature on this petition.http://www.change.org/petitions/fukushima-spent-fuel-pool-4-risks-u-s-health-and-safety We need to tell our elected officials to send help over there immediately to stop the spread of radioactive particles that have been spreading for 13 months now into the air, soil, and Pacific Ocean that we all share. PLEASE HELP with a sign and lots of shares of the petition below (and also this one if you haven't shared it in your communities yet) Thank you. THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIONS YOU COULD EVER TAKE. Familiarize yourself with what is going on in Fukushima by connecting with @Occupy the NRC on Facebook.

    6. Many Chinese don't drink milk derivative products from China!

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the video.

      So why is this being sent to us if the Chinese people won't even drink it? That's an outrage in itself.
      If the Chinese know it is bad and prefer imported milk instead of the milk derivatives they are producing for us , shouldn't we at least have a right to know where it is going in our food supply? We know it does go into some baby formula but that's all we know for sure.

      With 4.9 billion dollars worth of ingredients imported every year from China to the US surely there are plenty more places where milk derivatives from China are going and we have a right to know where it all ends up. Please help spread the word. We really have the right to know. Thank you for your support in getting more signatures. We appreciate it!

    7. Ingredients from nuclear radiated cancer causing Japan heading to the US!

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      In the United States we import nearly 5 million gallons of bottled water, soft drinks, and other non-alcoholic beverages containing WATER from Japan. Radiation is in much of the water in Japan.

      Radiation from Fukushima has drifted into North America. While it’s not clear how widespread the contamination is, keep in mind that this has been going on for over 365 days now. It affects us through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we use.

      The people of Japan have demanded prefecture labeling so they can know where their food is coming from. They no longer eat from areas they know are contaminated with nuclear fallout even though the Japanese government says it is fine (they have said that before just to recall items after they have been eaten.)The Japanese government has told the FDA it is fine and corporate food america uses it to feed your kids, your family.

      Please help get this stopped by sharing this petition with those you know and love. Thank you.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Food Poisoning Outbreaks From Imported Foods Have Gotten More Frequent, CDC

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      The report noted that part of the reason for the growth in outbreaks related to imported food is an ongoing trend towards higher levels of food imports, especially from Asia. "The American food safety system has its flaws, of course, but many other countries' systems are in even worse shape." We deserve to know into what products the 4.9 Billion dollars worth of ingredients imported from China every year are going. Not right for Kellogg's, for example, to say Made in USA when many of their vitamins used for their products including kids cereal are actually ingredients from China.

      http://newsforyourfamily.blogspot.com/2011/08/corporate-responses.html

      Would parents feed this to their children if they knew the truth? Consumers deserve the right to transparent labeling so we can make decisions for our families as to whether or not we want to consume products that contain ingredients from China. Let's get COOL together. Country of Origin Labeling. Please help spread the word!!

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. We Don't Need Food From China Right Now Either Part 2

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      China has no equivalent of an FDA, there is no centralized agency that monitors food safety and “bigger, cheaper, faster is the name of the game”. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/26/world/la-fg-china-food-20110627. If a food scandal happens, the government executes the person and/or closes the shops and claims to implement food safety standards but there isn’t a central agency to enforce it. There are over 200 farms in China sourcing organic food for the USA and products coming out of there are not necessarily truly organic. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-report--many-organic-soy-food- brands-importing-beans-from-china-61901012.html We want to see country of origin labeling so if we want to avoid ingredients from China we can. In 2007 Obama said, if elected, he would implement both country of origin labeling and GMOs. Let's hold him to that promise. Signing this petition let's you support both country of origin labeling and labeling GMOs with one signature.

    12. We Don't Need Food From China Right Now Either

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      The former FDA associate commissioner sees issues. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june07/foodhubbard_06-08.html Unlike our president who shows up at a local hamburger joint to grab something to eat, the leaders of China don’t eat the same food as is given to regular people. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MG07Ad02.html That means they never eat foods that is given to you or me either. That says something. American greedy food companies are going to China to get ingredients to get mixed across our food supply b/c it is cheap, not because it is any healthier for us than something that an american farmer can grow for you and your family. Cheap does NOT equal healthier. If it was cheap and healthier, I’d be okay with it. But it is definitely not healthier. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/food-safety-in-china-and-the-risk-to-the-us/ We want the healthiest food for your family and ours.

    13. Tokyo Radiation, 160 miles from Fukushima, found to be as high as Chernobyl

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      Takeo Hayashida signed on with a citizens’ group to test for radiation near his son’s baseball field in Tokyo after government officials told him they had no plans to check for fallout from the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Like Japan’s central government, local officials said there was nothing to fear in the capital, 160 miles from the disaster zone.

      Then came the test result: the level of radioactive cesium in a patch of dirt just yards from where his 11-year-old son, Koshiro, played baseball was equal to those in some contaminated areas around Chernobyl.

      IF THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT IS LYING TO THEIR PEOPLE THIS BADLY, SURELY THEY ARE DOING THE SAME TO US. WE SHOULD NOT BE GETTING FOOD FROM THERE.

    14. Is it worth it?

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      In this article it states that the farming business around Fukushima is a 3.2 Billion dollar a year industry. It would be horrible to see that ruined. At the same time, at what expense do we try to save it? It is worth risking your family's health? If we want to maintain good relations with Japan, we shouldn't be getting raw ingredients from there to get mixed across for our food supply. Nor should we be manufacturing medicines over there for us to consume which is currently being done as well. Instead, we should be giving their people non-contaminated products. That's how we can maintain good relations with Japan. We need country of origin labeling so we can avoid giving our families food that has ingredients from potentially contaminated areas if we so choose. Please support our efforts of country of origin labeling by encouraging friends and family to sign this petition as well. Thank you for your support.

    15. $30 million worth of fake drugs from China

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      "China's increasing importance as a major pharmaceuticals producer (in US Markets) has ratcheted up concern over a slew of scandals over fake, adulterated and otherwise unsafe drugs"-- With country of origin labeling, we would be able to know where things like this were going...right now we haven't a clue.. Please help get country of origin labeling on consumables by encouraging your friends and family to sign this petition. It is such an important issue. Thanks for helping to make a difference.

    16. New News out of Fukushima and its not good

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      We don't need to be eating food from around that area. Please help spread the word that we need country of origin labels on our products so we can know where it is all going. We all have a a right to know.

    17. Exodus of doctors and nurses from around Fukushima....

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      If doctors and nurses are leaving in mass from around northern Japan, shouldn't our food suppliers follow what they are doing?

    18. FDA relying on Japanese Government to Tell US What is Safe to Eat- Bad Idea

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      The japanese government raised the allowable radiation dose rate by 20 times to 20 microsieverts per year including for children. “Do they imagine that people can suddenly withstand doses of radiation 20 times greater than were previously allowed? If the government is treating their people that badly, how can we trust them when they say their food is safe for us to eat?

    19. Current Fukushima Updates

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      Why are we playing roulette with american families' health? We should be giving them food instead! Where are ingredients from around that area going to in our food supply? We have a right to know. Please sign and share the petition.

    20. News Story Out of Tokyo Tells Us Just How Bad Fukushima Really Is

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      33 loc in a 100km radius of the plant had cesium-137 in excess of 1.48 mill becquerels/square meter, the level set by the Soviet Union for forced resettlement after Chernobyl. How can it be okay to get raw material for our food supply from there??

    21. Blog About The Issues In This Petition

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      View the blog at the link above

    22. Healthy Baby Healthy World Draws Attention to Fukushima and US Foods

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      Unfortunately it doesn't mention US companies like Pepsico, maker of Gatorade, Quaker, Frito-Lay, etc and other big food companies are sourcing raw ingred from around there to get mixed into our food supply. At least it is drawing attention.

    23. Reached 100 signatures
    24. PLEASE SIGN TOO

      Concerned Parents
      Petition Organizer

      This affects us all, please encourage all those you know & love to SIGN. Shares are great, helps get the word out, but action comes only with lots of signatures. PLEASE SIGN 1st then ENCOURAGE THOSE YOU KNOW AND LOVE TO DO THE SAME. Thank you!

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    • Tracy McDougall MECHANICSVILLE, VA
      • 9 months ago

      GMO's have given me serious autoimmune diseases. This needs to stop before they kill the population. Not only should toxins be labeled but they should be banned! You are supposed to protect your US Citizens. Do your job!

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    • Taylor Flack NAPLES, FL
      • 9 months ago

      Blacking us out is MURDER. Long term MURDER. We need to be monitoring our FOOD. Period.

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    • Maree Royden TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND
      • 10 months ago

      we have the right to know if we are being poisoned!!!

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    • B. R. WEST PALM BEACH, FL
      • 11 months ago

      I want to know where my food is from.

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    • Bette Malone HUNTINGDON, PA
      • 11 months ago

      I am asking for the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to be modified to include the The Consumer Right To Know Act whereby as a consumer I have the right to know the country(ies) of origin of the ingredients from processed goods, just as I already have the right and ability to know country of origin information with single ingredient items like fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood.

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