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FDA Slow Ban on Supplements

From Alliance for Natural Health

The agency recently made a big announcement about a regulation that could eliminate 41,700 products from the market. We need to keep up the pressure to protect access. Action Alert!

THE TOPLINE

  • The FDA announced that it will release the final version of the “new dietary ingredient” (NDI) guidance in several distinct pieces.
  • This is deeply concerning because 1) it shows the extent of the focus the agency wants to dedicate to this guidance, and 2) it prolongs the uncertainty regarding NDI notification procedures, increasing the chances that Big Pharma can use the FDA’s back-channel to steal more natural products.
  • It is increasingly looking like the FDA is following in the footsteps of the European Union’s restrictive supplement regulations in order to create a harmonized, global market.
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High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and Inorganic Mercury Assessment in Baby Formula

There is a paucity of adequate nutrition information regarding children’s health, and what nutritional guidelines do exist have been hijacked by industry and political influence. Governmental subsidy programs allow for the production of inexpensive sweeteners, frequently marketed directly to children. The production of these ultra processed ‘foods’ has resulted in the use of toxic additives that contaminate our food supply. Children are exposed to greater amounts due to their smaller size compared to adults.

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The Plastic Chemicals Hiding in Your Food

Reposted from Consumer Reports - Lauren F. Friedman

Consumer Reports (CR) tested popular fast foods and supermarket staples for bisphenols and phthalates, which can be harmful to your health. Here's what we found—and how to stay safer.

By the time you open a container of yogurt, the food has taken a long journey to reach your spoon. You may have some idea of that journey: From cow to processing to packaging to store shelves. But at each step, there is a chance for a little something extra to sneak in, a stowaway of sorts that shouldn’t be there.

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Open Letter From Moms Across America To the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) – Grantee of 1.1 Million Tax Dollars

Dear Ms. Debbie Stabenow,

We, at Moms Across America, are happy to hear that the USDA awarded the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) an allocation of $1.1 million to five organizations to improve our children’s school lunches across the nation. According to the USDA, it is up to the parents to make this change possible for their children.

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USDA Initiative Launched to ‘Enhance Equity in Child Nutrition Programs’: Opportunity to Push for Real Change in Children’s Abysmal Nutrition

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) have announced an allocation of $1.1 million to five organizations, claiming to, “investigate and dismantle barriers to equitable access in federal child nutrition programs. The initiative, titled the Equitable Access in Child Nutrition Programs project, seeks to enhance the effectiveness of programs crucial for the well-being and development of children across the nation.”

We, at Moms Across America, think that any funds targeted towards improvement of school lunch access should include enhancement in the form of sourcing food without GMOs, glyphosate (a proven neurotoxin and carcinogen), other toxic chemicals, heavy metals, veterinary drugs and hormones and food with more nutrients. The current food supply, including current school meals, is so low in essential vitamins and minerals as to make it virtually impossible to even get the minimum daily requirements children need to function and develop normally.

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Genetically Engineered Soil Microbes: Responsible Agriculture Takes Another Hit

In the era of Big Biotech reign and genetic engineering, the introduction of genetically modified (GE) soil microbes into agriculture raises significant concerns. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have jurisdiction over different types of GE microbes and neither organization has developed regulations that account for their unique properties, leaving corporate agriculture giants to their own devices.

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Family Investigated for Keeping Teen Home After School-Based Health Center Gave Bag of Unlabeled Zoloft to 17-Year-Old

Reposted from CHD: The Defender

A federally funded school-based health center (SBHC) in Maine reportedly gave prescription anti-depressant pills in a plastic baggy to a 17-year-old girl without her parents’ knowledge or consent, her father told The Maine Wire.

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Farmworkers, Environmental Groups File Legal Action Demanding Roundup Ban

From Common Dreams:

A groundbreaking legal action today calls on EPA to immediately suspend and cancel the dangerous herbicide glyphosate.

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WASHINGTON - A groundbreaking legal action today calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend and cancel the dangerous herbicide glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup.

Glyphosate's registration is illegal, says the petition filed by Center for Food Safety on behalf of itself, Beyond Pesticides, and four farmworker advocacy groups. Last year, in a lawsuit by the same nonprofits, a federal court of appeals struck down EPA's human health assessment because the agency wrongfully dismissed glyphosate's cancer risk. Today's petition, calling for the cancellation and suspension of glyphosate's registration, runs over 70 pages and includes more than 200 scientific citations

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Protect Local Control: Say No to Pesticide Preemption Snuck into the Farm Bill

Did you know that the citizen's rights of your town, HOA, school districts, county, and state, regarding pesticide use, could disappear? We at Moms Across America often focus on awareness of the dangers of commercial pesticides, but if the upcoming Farm Bill gets signed into law, all the awareness in the world can’t stop the spraying in your local parks, schoolyards, and air.

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‘Healthy’ School Meals Bill Lacks the Teeth to Ensure Healthy Meals: Needs A Strong Co-Sponsor

Couched in the emotional appeal of leaving no child hungry, Assembly Bill 805, introduced in Wisconsin, is based on a perilous assumption: school lunches are healthy.

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