Friday, March 25, 2011

Union of Concerned Scientists pressuring FDA without success

The Union of Concerned Scientists was founded in 1969 and have 250.000 citizens and scientists as members. I'm very disappointed because I just found  it out and thought it was a new organization that would have an impact in the ethics and integrity of scientific research. I will not even join or be an activist because... the fact that this blog exists is a proof they are not making any difference. But they try thou they are focuses in environmental problems:

Help Bring Scientific Integrity Standards to Food SafetyUnsafe food can lead to illness and death, and disproportionately harms the most vulnerable members of our communities. Government agencies, like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are supposed to protect us from these kinds of dangerous food safety outbreaks.

Unfortunately, in a recent survey conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Iowa State University, hundreds of FDA and USDA employees described a system where corporate interests often stand in the way of government scientists and inspectors’ ability to protect our food supply.
This kind of political and corporate inference in federal science has to stop.
This fall, UCS activists helped convince the Department of the Interior (DOI) to issue a new policy that, if fully implemented, would help prevent just this kind of interference in federal government science. But DOI scientists aren’t the only ones who should be protected. It’s time for other agencies plagued by misuse of science to follow suit.
Write the FDA and USDA today and ask them to get serious about protecting our health and safety by issuing and implementing strong scientific integrity standards.
Remember, your letter will be most effective if you personalize it. We all have loved ones who have been sickened by unsafe food. Tell your story. Click here for talking points that can help you personalize your letter.

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