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Old 02-19-2016, 02:17 AM
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With the 2016 political season now upon us, it would be great if specific and singular issues could be discussed and politician's actions and positions on these issues could be ascertained.

Unfortunately, our newspapers and other local and Ohio media rarely cover many issues, whether due to inadequate resources, laziness, unwillingness to offend advertisers, self-censorship, or political bias.

One issue not commonly discussed, but very important to all Americans is food safety, integrity and federal funding of regulators of our food -- is our food safe and do we get what we pay for?

In the last few days, CBS has disclosed how cheese products, especially Parmesan cheese, often are loaded with cellulose, often derived from wood pulp. Parmesan cheese being sold by Wal-Mart reportedly is about 8 percent cellulose. Is this legal? Are there specific federal guidelines for Parmesan cheese, and, if not, why not? What, if any, penalties will Wal-Mart pay? Will and should anybody be held criminally liable? Why isn't it required that specific percentages of food content be disclosed on labels? These are just questions that come to my mind.

The investigation turned up some surprising findings: Essential Everyday 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese from Jewel-Osco was actually 8.8 percent cellulose, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Great Value 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese tallied 7.8 percent, and Kraft cheese contained 3.8 percent (within acceptable limits).

Even Whole Foods' 365 brand, the store's natural and organic product line, didn't list cellulose as an ingredient on the label but it still tested at 0.3 percent.

"The labeling on the product is disingenuous, and the nutritional labeling is generally out of whack," Neal Schuman, CEO of the cheese company Arthur Schuman Inc., told CBS News. "The consumer is getting defrauded. They're buying something that's flat and tasteless, not what they expected to get." Schuman's company launched the "True Cheese" seal to identify products without any filler.>>

Investigations find wood pulp ingredient in cheese - CBS News

Apparently, CBS only is reporting an original investigation by Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg says these products containing cellulose often are labeled as 100 percent Parmesan cheese, some brands containing no cheese at all. How is this possible???


Why doesn't the FDA test cheeses and other products?

Earlier this year, CBS revealed that imported "extra virgin" olive oil, including reportedly a best selling but undisclosed U.S. brand, actually is not "extra virgin" and that Americans often are overpaying for inferior olive oil, or diluted or other vegetable oils actually being sold as olive oil.

Don't fall victim to olive oil fraud - CBS News

Obviously, either the federal Food and Drug Administration is being mismanaged, underfunded, or both. It's likely laws and enforcement of laws governing food fraud are inadequate. As noted in the above article, the Italians have a large agency to deal with food fraud and enforcement. Does the FDA have law enforcement powers, or can they, like the many federal agencies, only report criminal violations to the Justice Department for possible action? Does the Justice Department have a specific department dealing only with food fraud? Do any Ohio laws exist, are they being enforced, or are additional Ohio laws needed?

What is the position of the Presidential candidates on this issue? What is the position of Ohio Congressional candidates, both for the Senate and the House?

Again, the topic of this thread only is food safety, integrity, federal funding of the FDA, etc. Any off-topic posts will be reported and hopefully deleted.

It would be great if forum members posted any relevant articles, and, better yet, contacted incumbents and other candidates and ascertained their positions, and then reported them here.

Regardless of our political views, let's stop voting uninformed.

Last edited by WRnative; 02-19-2016 at 02:39 AM..
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:21 PM
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None of these are issues specific to Ohio. Take it to the proper forum.
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohiogirl81 View Post
None of these are issues specific to Ohio. Take it to the proper forum.
The view of Ohio politicians on all topics, and the Ohio primary and general election races are specific to Ohio. There is no other forum where persons will specifically discuss the positions of Ohio candidates.

This is the right forum for discussing specific issues affecting Ohioans and the positions of Ohio politicians on these issues, including issues that may only be resolved on the federal level.

Although Ohioans don't realize it, many states and cities have specific laws on issues that might even be considered federal issues.

E.g., Cleveland several years ago banned trans-fats. The Republicans in the Ohio legislature tried to overturn that law, but Cleveland won a home rule case successfully maintaining its ban.


Trans-fats are banned in Cleveland but not in the rest of Ohio, although the FDA more recently has proposed a law to ban them across the nation.

Trans-fats are a major health problem in the U.S. and greatly inflate U.S. health care costs. To my knowledge, none of our federal politicians have had the guts of Cleveland's City Council and proposed a legislative trans-fat ban.

If I'm wrong, I would like to know, because it would indicate some our politicians support the civic good over food processing industry campaign contributions.
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Old 02-19-2016, 08:10 PM
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It's a gerrymandered state in favor of the party of cheaters and paid for by corporations and their lobbyists. What do you expect their position to be?
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:35 PM
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Concerning Trans-fats


Concerning cellulose

Cellulose - humans, body, used, water, process, Earth, plants, chemical, form

That stalk of celery you ate recently had more cellulose in it than the Parmesan cheese. But that wouldn't sell the news, would it.
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