Caveat emptor America!

Mr. President,
I know you say you read books but do you know that caveat emptor is Latin for "Buyer beware" and it has never been so apt a description for the precarious situation all American consumers are now in.

I have lost track of the total number of all the food recalls which included lettuce, peanut butter and pot pies; I also don't remember how many millions of tons of hamburger have been recalled from our supermarket shelves.

I know there have also been millions of toys recalled because of lead contamination.

Loss of honor has a tragic ending for one person, but no one here has any qualms about the problem.

Zhang Shuhong, a Hong Kong businessman and owner of Lee Der Industrial, a company that made toys for Mattel for 15 years, hanged himself in a company warehouse in Foshan, in southern China after the huge recall was announced.

That recall was one of the largest of the year. Millions of toys were removed from the shelves.

These toys aren’t Dollar Store or just drug store items, they include child favorites such as “Sesame Street,” “Dora the Explorer” and many other popular toys. The recall included 83 types of toys.

How about some rocket fuel in your salad madam?
Even our water is not always safe it may contain rocket fuel in addition to mercury.

Perchlorate known in many circles as rocket fuel and a thyroid toxin, has been detected in ground water in at least 25 states. It is a long-lasting toxin with very negative effects. It is manufactured in 39 states and found in rockets, missiles fireworks, and road flares.

Test results which have not been previously disclosed to the public, show that leafy vegetables grown with contaminated irrigation water take up, store and concentrate potentially harmful levels of perchlorate.

Despite the significant health hazards of perchlorate, none of the federal agencies have set any perchlorate safety standards.

Surgeon General gets muzzled
Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the nation's top doctor from 2002 until 2006, told a House of Representatives committee that you and your buddies kept him from talking out publicly about certain issues, including the science on embryonic stem cell research, contraceptives and his concerns about your love affair with "abstinence-only" sex education.
He said, "Most of the public debate over the matter has been driven by political, ideological, or theological motivations."

"I was blocked at every turn. I was told the decision had already been made -- stand down, don't talk about it," he said.

One report Carmona wrote on Global health in 2006, described the link between poverty and poor health. He urged you to help combat widespread diseases by adjusting your foreign policy, and called on corporations to help improve health conditions in the countries where they operate. The report was squashed by your acolytes, but a copy of the report was obtained by The Washington Post.
The 65 pages report showed trends in infectious and chronic disease. It reviewed efforts to curb AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; called for the careful monitoring of public health to safeguard against bioterrorism; and explained the importance of proper nutrition, childhood immunizations and clean air and water, among other topics.
    The report was compiled by government and private public-health experts from various organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Catholic Medical Mission Board and several universities.

Nothing to see here move along. I mean there is literally nothing to see.
The F.D.A. said we don't have to worry about nanotechnology particles.

According to information gleaned from Wikipedia, nanotechnology is a "field of applied science and technology which controls of matter on the atomic and molecular scale." The catalytic activity which occurs with nano-science and nano-technology opens potential risks in their interaction with biomaterial. Biomaterials include things near and dear to my heart; literally, such as human cells, organs, fluids, and skin.

Consumer groups say these particles which can be as small as a billionth of a meter are so unpredictable that they can be not only harmful but even deadly.

According to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a nonpartisan government-funded research group, As of last year, nanotechnology has been incorporated into more than $50 billion worth of manufactured goods. The article goes on to state that more than 575 company-identified nanotechnology consumer products such as perfumes, toothpaste, cosmetics and computers to mention a few.
The Food and Drug Administration said the rising number of cosmetics, drugs, and other products made using nanotechnology do not require special regulations or labeling.

Don't get your heart set on it.
A Congressional committee notified the Food and Drug Administration yesterday that, as a result of a recall by Medtronic of a product linked to patient deaths, it was reviewing how rigorously the agency required heart device components to be tested.

Congressman Waxman asked the agency to provide information about how it determines how much lead testing happens before marketing and why the agency does not give leads the same scrutiny that it has given to defibrillators.

Apparently, the leads on Meditronic defribullators have been failing and have led to several patient deaths. Thousands of patients are at risk and will need to undergo operations to repair the bad leads.

Neither the F.D.A. nor any of the device makers have any effective means of tracking these failures.
At the very least the F.D.A. is considering better testing. Megan Moynahan, a branch chief at the F.D.A. Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said that the agency was reviewing whether to require more strenuous laboratory testing of such products before they go on the market.
I feel much better now that they are thinking about improving the testing.
I kind of feel sorry that thousands of people who will continue to receive unreliable leads with their defribullators.
I bet Dead-eye Dick Cheney received the top of the line model with leads as strong as battery cables.

These are only a few examples. I haven't even touched on the insufficient testing for mercury in fish, refusing to test a statistically significant number of cows for mad cow, provide a tracking system for meat cuts from ranch to store shelves, or the expanding use of carbon dioxide to extend the pleasant red color on meat even if it is spoiled.

So who is watching our backs, well...nobody?
The Consumer Protection Agency head makes no effort to even pretend where her priorities are. Just as you brazenly vetoed the SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Plan, she has gone on record of saying she is rejecting additional money or staffing to improve testing of children's toys or any other consumer products.
Chairwoman Nancy Nord actually opposes a bill that would double the agency's budget over the next seven years to more than $141 million a year.

Outraged Democrats have called on her to resign.

"At this point I have no intention of resigning," said acting Chairwoman Nancy Nord. "I'm doing my job, and part of my job is to talk with Congress about the tools and resources we need."

"Nord rejected criticism that she is controlled by the White House and too cozy with manufacturers." I believe that as much as I believe that you really care about Americans.

Some people would read about all these issues and say you, and your administration's policies have created unfortunate byproducts which hurt and kill more Americans than Bin Laden and al queda could ever hope for.

If Bin Laden handed out an al quaeda Medal of Islam, you have to be a leading candidate, for helping him recruit thousands of followers and for imposing more serious harm upon the American people than anyone else in the world junior. Now THAT is a legacy.

Date: November 1, 2007 3:15:05 AM CDT

On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

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