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History, HACCP and the Food Safety Con Job

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Many people have expressed shock at this development, as Taylor, it can be argued, has done more than almost anyone in recent memory to undermine the safety of the food supply. He was instrumental in implementing biotech-pleasing policies that forced unlabeled genetically engineered food on an unwilling public. At the time Taylor bid the wishes of vested interests to get this product commercialized pronto, the government's own scientists warned of the dangers GMOs could pose.

But Taylor ignored the public interest scientists' objections, as well as the precautionary principle, insisting that his former client's product was safe by virtue of a pseudo-scientific conceit of "substantial equivalence." Almost two decades later, there's now a tall pile of studies showing GMOs harm to public health, though these studies are routinely ignored by the corporate-owned media.[15] The silence on the subject is such that many people still don't know they routinely eat processed foods containing GMO ingredients and animals fattened on GMO fed.

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In an earlier article I described how vested interests are behind the bumper crop of food safety bills we saw in Congress in the first part of 2009. I asserted that their unstated purpose is to harmonize US food safety laws with Codex Alimentarius, and identified Michael Taylor as their chief policy architect.[16]

Taylor worked for a good part of the last decade in an assortment of establishment think tanks to develop a consensus among the food safety crowd for a set of policy changes that now underpin the 2009 food safety bills. HR 2749, the version the House rammed through, likewise contains the requirement that all food "facilities" employ a "science-based" Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system to prevent human pathogen contamination at all stages from farm to table.

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Nicole Johnson is a researcher and activist living in Ventura county, California. Her kids wish she would go back to painting and stop worrying so much about the world.
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