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    Posted: September 14 2006 at 9:27pm
I just happened upon this and could not rsist. IS THIS FOR REAL
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FDA approves viruses to treat foods

Posted Aug 19th 2006 12:02PM by Nicole Weston
Filed under: Science, America, Meat, Health & Medical

The FDA has just approved the a mixture of viruses, bacteriophages, to be used to kill bacteria commonly found in foods, marking the first time that a virus has been approved as a food additive. The mixture contains strains of six different bacteriophages designed to fight Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that cause listeriosis, a disease which sickens about 2,500 people per year and kills 500. Listeriosis primarily affects pregnant women, women who have just given birth and infants, in addition to other people who have weakened immune systems for one reason or another. The bacteria is found mostly in packaged, processed meat products, so the additive will be used on cold cuts, various sausages and other "ready to eat" meat products.

The FDA imposed its strictest standards to scrutiny to this additive, developed by a company called Intralytix, and is confident that the bacteriophages are safe. The Department of Agriculture will regulate and supervise the use of the additive. A spokesman for the Office of Food Additive Safety at the FDA says that " consumers will not be aware which meat and poultry products have been treated with the spray."

 
 
 
 
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The FDA has just approved the a mixture of viruses, bacteriophages, to be used to kill bacteria commonly found in foods, marking the first time that a virus has been approved as a food additive.
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And did the FDA look for anything wierd in those viruses?  And Viagra causes heart problems?...FDA also passed that...and Viox and...Ermm
 
September 14, 2006

FDA Whistleblower Blasts New Merck Painkiller

Dr. David Graham, whistleblower working within the confines of the FDA’s struggling drug safety offices, continues his public attack on the lack of safety condoned by the FDA.  Graham believes that Merck’s new arthritis drug, Arcoxia, like Vioxx, poses undue cardiovascular risk. http://www.truthinwellness.com/

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Don't buy it... irradiated foods didn't get bought either.
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"...to kill bacteria commonly found in foods..."
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How about keeping the gross bacteria cleaned off the Grocery Store belts we put our food on???
 
Why isn't the Board of Health looking into that?
 
Can you imagine that yuk in a restaurant?  meat juices all over the counters?  It's crazy.  
 
 
 
 
 
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Based on our current understanding of virus replication, structure, and mutaion I find it hard to believe that our government would approve the use of a virus to suposidly help us. I think this is CRAZY
 
What in the world is going on!!!!!!!!!
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FDA APPROVES VIRAL ADULTERATION OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY

 

 

By Byron J. Richards, CCN

August 24, 2006

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On Friday, August 18, 2006, the FDA approved a viral cocktail to be sprayed on foods we eat. This is the first time viruses have been approved for use as food additives. The FDA wants you to believe it will be safe to consume these viruses every day for the rest of your life with no adverse health effects. This is a monumental announcement by the FDA, indicating they are throwing all caution to the wind regarding the safety of our food supply.

Are you willing to stand in line for a virus-laden sandwich? How do you like the idea of buying virus-infested food for your family? The first virally contaminated foods entering our food supply with the blessings of the FDA will be luncheon meat and poultry. Live viruses will be sprayed on foods such as cold cuts, sausages, hot dogs, sliced turkey, and chicken.

At issue is the very real problem of a poor quality FDA-approved food supply that is already full of diseased and sickly animals, many of them imported from other countries. The use of antibiotics during growth and radiation during food processing is required by the fast-food animal farms owned by multi-national companies to cover up the horrendous health of the animals they wish to feed to Americans. Animals in poor health are a friendly place for bacteria to grow and prosper, especially after such meat goes to market. Rather than address the source of the problem, the FDA wants to add another adulteration into our food supply.

The stated goal of the new FDA-approved viruses is to kill a rare bacterium known as Listeria monocytogenes. This bacterium is killed by cooking; however, it poses a problem in meats that are cooked during processing and not cooked again prior to consumption, so it can readily infect foods such as deli meats.

Yes, the FDA plans to use one infectious organism to fight another. The carnage of battle will end up in your digestive tract along with the victorious live viruses, which the FDA assures us will not attack human cells. However, they cannot possibly be certain the viruses will not attack the friendly bacteria that make up the lining of your digestive tract. The FDA approval was based on scant human testing, mostly from unrelated medical experiments. Such safety data is woefully inadequate to determine safe ingestion of a specific product by humans over the course of a lifetime.

Turning Loose the Bacteria-Killing Viruses

The company that produces these biotech viruses is Baltimore-based Intralytix, Inc. The viruses are known as bacteriophages, viruses that kill bacteria, or phages for short. Phages have been around a long time, living as parasites inside many bacteria.

Intralytix uses biotechnology to grow viral phages in a culture with Listeria, in theory teaching the viruses to recognize the bacteria. The FDA-approved cocktail contains six different viruses intended to attack one strain of bacteria.

This concoction is then sprayed on food. If Listeria is present in the food, the bacteria will ingest the viruses. This results in massive viral replication inside the bacteria, until such point as the bacteria simply bursts. This battle results in significant production of bacterial poisons called “endotoxins”, as the bacteria tries to defend itself. When the bacteria burst, these endotoxins are released. These, along with the victorious live viruses, will now be on the food that will be eaten.

The FDA and Intralytix would like us to believe that these viruses will only attack the specified bacteria they are intended to kill and will be harmless to humans. I’m sorry to burst their bubble, but they can’t possibly guarantee such safety. It is true that the viruses, at least at this time, cannot recognize human cells. However, the virus can potentially recognize normal bacterial cells in the human digestive tract and may be able to adapt to infect one or more of these friendly bacteria.

The FDA Certainly Knows There Are Risks

The FDA had some concerns about the amount of bacterial endotoxin in the Intralytix product before it is sprayed; however, FDA tests apparently showed that the product was adequately purified and so they declared it safe if used as approved. Will the FDA diligently monitor the quality of this product once it is on the market, or will it go the path of many FDA-approved drugs that the agency can’t keep track of?

There is certainly a risk that humans will be exposed to excessive amounts of endotoxin. This could come from the manufacturing of the viral cocktail, the interaction of the viruses with bacteria after being sprayed on food, and/or the interaction of the viruses with bacteria in the digestive tract.

The human immune system is highly reactive and sensitive to bacterial endotoxins. They provoke allergy, asthma, autoimmune problems, and elevate cholesterol. They also interfere with the healthy function of cells lining the digestive tract. Researchers have demonstrated that the presence of bacterial endotoxins can start cancer in the colon.

Additionally, the human immune system reacts directly to viral phages. Thus, a person who eats a lot of processed deli meat is certain to evoke an immune reaction to the viruses. What will this reaction be? Allergy? Asthma? Autoimmunity? Cancer? How can the FDA approve a food additive that it knows can induce a variety of human immune responses? Phages are so good at disrupting normal immunity that they are being considered for use as part of organ transplant medicine.

The ingestion of significant amounts of viral phages into the human digestive tract is a wild card full of unknown outcomes. For example, it is certainly possible that these phages, which constantly mutate in order to survive, are likely to find a way to infect bacteria they were not intended to infect. Since phages are parasites, they could hijack the friendly bacteria of the digestive tract and turn them into viral machines, constantly generating viral particles that are likely to confuse the human immune system, if not directly infect the body. We know from history that these viral phages can turn innocuous bacteria into a killer, which is how cholera occurs.

Furthermore, the Listeria bacteria are not going to take the issue lying down. They will develop resistance to the viruses over time, as we have seen with the overuse of antibiotics. Going down this path we are likely to have hundreds of viral food additives in the food we eat, all designed to combat some possible infection coming from poor quality food. Sooner or later we will inadvertently create deadly new super-strains of bacteria and/or parasitically infect the human digestive tract with an untreatable infection.

There is also the very real possibility of unintended viral recombination. What happens when a person with viral stomach flu eats food containing a dose of this viral food additive? It is certainly possible for the genetic material of the flu virus to interact with the genetic material of the viral phages, provoking an undesirable new viral infection.

Let’s not forget that the FDA won’t tell us which foods in the food supply contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Seventy percent of the packaged food on grocery shelves already contains GMO adulterated food. These foods have viral promoter genes woven into the DNA of every cell, a technique used to implant a pesticide toxin into every cell of this fake food (see Fight for Your Health, chapter 15). What happens when the viral phages interact with the viral promoter genes in GMO food? What new virus will be encouraged to form?

Keep in mind that the FDA wants to conduct this experiment on our food supply to protect a small minority, only about 2500 people, who are made seriously ill by this infection each year. The ill are mostly pregnant women, elderly with compromised immunity, and small children. It would be a lot more to the point if the FDA would simply warn such people that eating these foods, due to their poor quality of production, may be dangerous. What the FDA should really do is improve the quality of our food supply, the true source of the problem. Why expose millions of Americans to an unproven ingestion of live viruses for the benefit of so few?

The FDA has failed miserably for the past century to protect the public from the adulteration of our food supply by vested interests. This is just one more insult added to a long list of injuries.

The Tip of an Iceberg

Intralytix has an agenda for the American food supply, as well as for healthcare in general. This recent FDA ruling allows Intralytix and other similar biotech companies to get their foot in a door that should be slammed shut and bolted closed.

The company is also seeking FDA approval for viral sprays to treat foods that could be contaminated with E. coli and Salmonella, which means that similar “trained” viruses could end up in a majority of the protein foods in our food supply.

Intralytix sees financial opportunity. They have already licensed their now FDA-approved viral spray to an undisclosed multi-national company for use around the world. When the CEO of Intralytix, John Vazzara, was recently asked about this partner company, he refused to disclose their name. The grand profit-driven biotech experiment on the health and well being of all Americans is now in full swing.

John Vazzara also owns stock in, as well as provided seed money to start, SteelCloud Inc. (formerly Dunn Computer Corporation). SteelCloud is a defense contractor with lucrative deals with the Department of Defense, recently landing a 3.4 million dollar contract with the Department of Homeland Security.

Congress should investigate the financial ties and backroom dealings that would allow this bizarre food additive approval by the FDA.

Of course, we will need new wonder drugs to combat the new bio-tech produced infections. Americans will stay sick and the sickness-driven bio-tech industry will flourish. The bio-tech industry will make people sick on the front end and treat them on the back end. It’s a win-win situation for profit on illness.

The FDA is Rapidly Becoming a Public Enemy

Experimenting with viruses being added to the food supply is incredibly dangerous and reckless. It is completely impossible for the FDA to guarantee safety in the near term or the long term. Thus, the FDA has made the bureaucratic decision that relative safety is acceptable to them. What right does the FDA have to tamper with the food supply in this manner?

It is quite clear that the Bush agenda has been to promote American biotech companies as the new future for American prosperity. Administrative opinions have trumped science in virtually every situation wherein safety conflicts with profit. The FDA acts to foster profits for biotech companies and the growth of the biotech industry. This is a betrayal of the public trust.

The leaders of the FDA are personally responsible and need to be held accountable. This means Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D., temporary head of the FDA and his chief science officer, Scott Gottlieb, M.D. These men are not only obsessed with approving risky drugs for the benefits of Big Pharma, it is now clear that they are willing to allow obvious adulteration of the food supply. They seek to control what we eat, and they are tampering with survival of the human race.

The FDA does not truly know how safe viral phages are to consume on a regular basis. They have no idea of the cumulative effect over the course of a lifetime, especially as more of these viral cocktails are added to the food supply. They have no way to measure how this new type of adulteration in the food supply will interact with the poor digestive/immune health of half the American population, in combination with all the other serious adulterations already approved by the FDA. The FDA lacks due diligence in honoring its mandate to protect the American public.

Boycott Viral Tainted Foods, Support Your Sustainable Farmers

The only hope Americans have is to resurrect the quality of our food supply. Doing so is against the odds, as there are billions of dollars of profit-mongering taking our food supply in the wrong direction. One day Americans will realize that food security is as important to national security as any other topic. It is now crystal clear that we cannot count on the FDA to do the job that Harvey Wiley, M.D., envisioned one-hundred years ago.

Consumers standing in line to buy a luncheon meat sandwich will have no idea if they are ingesting live viruses as part of their meal. While the FDA will require the ingredient to be listed on packages as “bacteriophage preparation,” most consumers will have no idea that means they are ingesting live viruses. Foods bought at deli counters or prepared in restaurants will not need to warn consumers.

How can any responsible parent feed virus-tainted food to their children? The FDA should be forced to revoke this approval. Every American has an obligation to support food security for our nation. Congress must correct the leadership at the FDA and the FDA itself. Americans must quit buying poor quality toxic food. Your greatest ability to change this problem is based entirely on what you purchase.

Get connected to the sustainable family farms in your community. Buy meat that is range raised without antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. Demand that the food you are eating is labeled with a country of origin. Buy American; buy locally-produced food whenever possible. Support those who truly believe in being the stewards of our land and food for our people and for future generations. These good people are being squashed out of existence by multi-national agribusiness, companies that could truly care less about the quality of our food supply or the security and health of Americans. How you spend your money is your most powerful vote. Vote for those who care.

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I think this is an insane practice and can only be motivated by Dollars.
 
I for one want to know exactly what products they are treating.
 
Anyone Else?
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I catch stuff easy enough.I dont need to be force fed.
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This bothers me a lot. I can only hope that cooking meats and poultry will kill this so-called "helpful" virus. And stay away from cold cuts. And raise all my own fruits and veggies. How far will it all go? My son says there's a conspiracy between the drug companies and agribusiness to alter food in such a way that it keeps Americans in a state of ill-health, meaning more profit for the drug companies. I'm beginning to think he's right.    
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This part really bother sme the most
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This additive was developed by Intralytix, and will be supervised and regulated by the Department of Agriculture. Consumers will not be aware of which meat and poultry products have been treated with this spray says the Office of Food Additive Safety at the FDA.
 
 
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Its like the FDA has decided to run an experiment on us without us even knowing and even if you found out thers no way for you to opt out because they wont be any labeling or any requirements to the public which by the way is who they are supposed to SERVE..
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      Shocked  The Fox is in charge of the Hen House.
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"...The Department of Agriculture (USDA) will regulate and supervise the use of the additive...."
 
 
 
 
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"...The technical team includes J. Glenn Morris, M.D., an expert in infectious disease, epidemiology, and food microbiology who was instrumental
 in writing the new USDA regulations on microbial safety in meat processing..."
 
"...Patrick Hervy, chairman of MDBio and Paragon Biotech, and former CEO of U.S. operations for Thomsen CGR..."
 
(Thomsen CGR....which was acquired by General
Electric Medical Systems)
 
"...Dr. Torrey C. Brown, M.D., the former Maryland State Secretary of Natural Resources..."
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I'm going to print this thread out and send it to my state representative...
 
an address...to find states info .
 
click here below... Write Your Elected Officials (put in your zip)
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Thanks for the link Anharra, thats very useful
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Geesh
I think there gonna kill us all....Of all of the bird brained ideas.......What were they thinking???
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Greed?
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I invite mieke and my good friend (I like his posts) MedClinition over here to post off topic Hug
 
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I think this is an insane practice and can only be motivated by Dollars.
 
 
Of course it is financially motivated.  The manufacturer developed a product it hoped would be approved and could then be sold for a profit.  I don't think that has any bearing on the merits at all.
 
Any food producer is going to have to pay to buy this product.  It may pass the added costs to the consumer or may absorb them.  I suspect the reason behind this ultimately is the fear of lawsuits.   Do a Google search for " "food poisoning" lawsuit" " 
 
I don't know whether the FDA should have approved this based on its merits (and neither does anyone else commenting here), but I can't blame the food manufacturers for wanting to protect themselves from the sue-happy "I hope I get sick so I can extort a bundle" public and the ambulance-chasing whores who egg them on.
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Associated Press
FDA Says Viruses Safe for Treating Meat
By ANDREW BRIDGES , 08.18.2006, 05:53 PM

In total here...

http://www.forbes.com/business/healthcare/feeds/ap/2006/08/18/ap2959720.html

The viruses are grown in a preparation of the very bacteria they kill, and then purified. The FDA had concerns that the virus preparation potentially could contain toxic residues associated with the bacteria. However, testing did not reveal the presence of such residues, which in small quantities likely wouldn't cause health problems anyway, the FDA said.
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Latest food additive: Viruses
The FDA-approved bacteria eaters work on deli meats and other ready-to-eat foods.
By Hilary E. MacGregor, Times Staff Writer
August 28, 2006

Here-

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-closer28aug28,0,3552892.story?coll=la-home-health

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Also, bacteria become resistant to certain strains of bacteriophage very rapidly. That is why, in this new spray-on application for ready-to-eat meats, Intralytix scientists are using six different phage.

To come up with their cocktail, the scientists collected more than 300 different strains of listeria and tested listeria-invading phage on all of them. There was no single phage that killed all strains, so the scientists designed the product so that every kind of listeria would be attacked by more than one phage.

In other words, "there is lots of protection in case a mutation occurred," said John Vazzana, president and chief executive of Intralytix.

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Wait a minute.  The outrage is understandable but inaccurate.  The viruses used are bacteriophages.  They ONLY infect bacteria and have NEVER infected eukaryotic cells (i.e. us).  This is a great thing because the bacteria in those foods will die without causing any harm to the food or to anything with a nucleus.  This is completely harmless in every way.
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"...marking the first time that a virus has been approved as a food additive. "
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hi....  It would feel better if they hadn't said....
 
 
"...the FDA says that  " consumers will not be aware which meat and poultry products have been treated with the spray." 
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I guess if I'm going to eat, it I want them to all agree on what it is I'm eating.  I just don't like the unknown as to foods.
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A virus that infects bacteria is known as a bacteriophage, often shortened to phage.
 
It has been argued extensively whether viruses are living organisms. Most virologists consider them non-living, as they do not meet all the criteria of the generally accepted definition of life. Among other factors, viruses do not possess a cell membrane or metabolise on their own.
 
A definitive answer is still elusive because some organisms considered to be living exhibit characteristics of both living and non-living particles, as viruses do.
Wikipedia...
 
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here we go again.... How pure is it?
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All bacteriophages used in this study, including the S. natans bacteriophages, were purified by performing a minimum of three rounds of single-plaque isolation by a modification of the protocols of Arber et al. (1). Well-isolated plaques were cut from agar plates, placed in sterile diluent, and used to produce new bacteriophage lysates. This procedure was repeated through three cycles or until lysates produced only a single-plaque morphology.
 
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 They are using several different viral bacteria killers... and it will no way mess with the good bacteria in our bodies?  IE. baceria viruses run amouk?
 
 
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Now why didnt I listen to you? Why could I not,not look?
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Sorry....   I think I will delete it.  Some doctors say it's true...and then there are some seemingly logical explanations...so for now I will say...who knows.  We don't need one more weird thing do we...
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