Local Mom Pushing for Tougher Food Re...

Local Mom Pushing for Tougher Food Regulations

There are 18 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Feb 23, 2010, titled Local Mom Pushing for Tougher Food Regulations. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

A Winston-Salem woman is pushing for stronger food safety rules after she and her daughter barely survived a serious case of food poisoning while she was pregnant.

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Just Wondering

Greensboro, NC

#1 Feb 23, 2010
My oldest child is turning 15 this year and I have other children as well. With every pregnancy and doctor I had I was always educated about listeria and certain foods NOT to eat. Soft cheeses being one of them. Was this woman not briefed on this?? Or received any paper work? Im not trying to be mean but just curious?? So many warnings are given to pregnant women by their doctor and even listed in papers given to the mother, some women may not read it but I certainly do. I have always been careful and have had my babies best interest in need.
Just Wondering

Greensboro, NC

#2 Feb 23, 2010
One more thing isnt it bad for a pregnant woman to eat unpastuerized foods? Isnt bre one of those?
A-Town Born and Bred

High Point, NC

#3 Feb 23, 2010
One more person wanting a government nanny. Maybe if our taxes are raised high enough the FDA can send this woman her very own personal food intake specialist to monitor what she puts in her pie-hole.

I'm not downplaying her illness, but come on. Take some personal responsibility. Watch what you eat.
Kevin

Richmond, VA

#4 Feb 23, 2010
We already have tough food regulations, sorry but my wallet can't take anymore of these things that only serve to raise prices just be careful where you eat and make sure your food is thoroughly cooked thank you.
Kevin

Richmond, VA

#5 Feb 23, 2010
Just Wondering wrote:
One more thing isnt it bad for a pregnant woman to eat unpastuerized foods? Isnt bre one of those?
Yes that is one of them any cheese is probably best avoided while pregnant this woman was careless now she wants the rest of us to have to pay for it, sorry darling you should have read up on foods you should AVOID. That's your job noone else's.
Nurse in Davidson County

Lexington, NC

#6 Feb 23, 2010
That's wonderful that mommy and baby are doing well now...but i agree with these other folks. Maybe we should be putting more emphasis on patient education during pregnancy. Someone fell short on teaching this patient about foods to avoid while pregnant. As a nurse, educating the patient is one the top priorities I personally have when interacting with patients, but I'm sure sometimes my teaching doesn't always get across. Sometimes we need to examine our own actions before placing blame. I hope mom and baby continue to do well and flourish...I wish good health to them both!

Since: Jan 10

Yadkinville, NC

#7 Feb 23, 2010
Soft cheeses that aren't pasteurized are a no-no for pregnant women. Everyone else seems to know this.
tired of liberals

Yadkinville, NC

#8 Feb 23, 2010
A-Town Born and Bred wrote:
One more person wanting a government nanny. Maybe if our taxes are raised high enough the FDA can send this woman her very own personal food intake specialist to monitor what she puts in her pie-hole.
I'm not downplaying her illness, but come on. Take some personal responsibility. Watch what you eat.
I was going to say exactly what you've posted, but you said it so very well. Thank you. This woman is just one more person who expects the government to protect her because she can't do it, herself. We do not need more government regulations. I cannot afford them, myself. I, too, am not downplaying this woman's or her baby's sickness, but I am tired of those like her who want the government to regulate the rest of us because they don't have the brainpower to educate or take care of themselves. Personal responsibility is something too many people don't want to take on. They'd rather have our good old government protecting them. There has been too much government involvement in everything for years, and this woman just wants to increase it.. and end up in the news in the process. Pathetic. If she's old enough to have that baby, she should have been mature enough and wise enough to have listened to the warnings concerning what not to eat while she was pregnant. But then again, that would mean she would've had to have been responsible, and that just might have taken too much effort. It's so much easier to let the government regulate what we eat and charge us more because of their doing it.(sarcasm intended)
Just Wondering

Greensboro, NC

#9 Feb 23, 2010
What took her so long to start all this? I mean the child is now in the 7th grade???
tired of liberals

Yadkinville, NC

#10 Feb 23, 2010
Just Wondering wrote:
What took her so long to start all this? I mean the child is now in the 7th grade???
Really does make you wonder, doesn't it? Maybe 15 minutes of fame and the chance to meet some celebrities and maybe even end up in an article or on TV? I really do not need more "protection".. nor the expenses caused by that protection.. provided by the government. What I need is protection FROM the government and from people like this "do-gooder" woman.
Concerned

Addison, IL

#11 Feb 23, 2010
Kevin wrote:
We already have tough food regulations, sorry but my wallet can't take anymore of these things that only serve to raise prices just be careful where you eat and make sure your food is thoroughly cooked thank you.
Some food-processing plants are only inspected once every 10 years. Only 1% of imported goods are inspected. Are theses the tough food regulations to which you refer? It is our right, as citizens of a first world nation, to expect safe food.
I did a bit of research on S. 510 (the Bill mentioned in the story). In addition to improving the issues around infrequent inspections, this bill pushes to give the FDA mandatory recall authority. That’s right, our regulations are “so tough” that the FDA cannot even tell a company to stop selling a contaminated product. This leaves me feeling less than confident in our food supply.
Obviously, this woman’s goal is to help prevent the same awful experience she faced from happening to others. Also, if she was pregnant in the 90’s, it is likely that her doctor did not tell her to avoid cheese; mine sure didn’t.
I suggest you do some homework before you direct such unfounded comments towards a mom who got really sick and almost lost her daughter. I bet it was pretty traumatic. Maybe that’s why it took her so long to speak out!
Just Wondering

Greensboro, NC

#12 Feb 24, 2010
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
Some food-processing plants are only inspected once every 10 years. Only 1% of imported goods are inspected. Are theses the tough food regulations to which you refer? It is our right, as citizens of a first world nation, to expect safe food.
I did a bit of research on S. 510 (the Bill mentioned in the story). In addition to improving the issues around infrequent inspections, this bill pushes to give the FDA mandatory recall authority. That’s right, our regulations are “so tough” that the FDA cannot even tell a company to stop selling a contaminated product. This leaves me feeling less than confident in our food supply.
Obviously, this woman’s goal is to help prevent the same awful experience she faced from happening to others. Also, if she was pregnant in the 90’s, it is likely that her doctor did not tell her to avoid cheese; mine sure didn’t.
I suggest you do some homework before you direct such unfounded comments towards a mom who got really sick and almost lost her daughter. I bet it was pretty traumatic. Maybe that’s why it took her so long to speak out!
Just for the record I was pregnant in the 90's and I was informed about upasteurized prducts and certain bacteria and diseases. There are also so many pregnancy books out there and magazines that have all this information in it and have had this information in it for awhile. my mother had her last child in the 80's and was very well informed of all of this. What it boils down to is if the mothers take the time and responsibilty to READ and learn about their pregnancy and things to avoid. I bet this was very traumatic on the mother and baby but really the last thing we need is our taxes going up yet AGAIN because of one case. Putting more labels on self explainatory foods.
HONEST MAN

Montgomery, AL

#13 Feb 24, 2010
This lady is a whiner, she's probaly attached to the Teabaggers. She should of know better, and instead of taking personal responsibility, she now wants to blame others. What an idiot.
Just Wondering

Greensboro, NC

#14 Feb 24, 2010
HONEST MAN wrote:
This lady is a whiner, she's probaly attached to the Teabaggers. She should of know better, and instead of taking personal responsibility, she now wants to blame others. What an idiot.
Next the doctors will be getting sued or the factory that made the cheese.
Just Wondering

Greensboro, NC

#15 Feb 24, 2010
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
Some food-processing plants are only inspected once every 10 years. Only 1% of imported goods are inspected. Are theses the tough food regulations to which you refer? It is our right, as citizens of a first world nation, to expect safe food.
I did a bit of research on S. 510 (the Bill mentioned in the story). In addition to improving the issues around infrequent inspections, this bill pushes to give the FDA mandatory recall authority. That’s right, our regulations are “so tough” that the FDA cannot even tell a company to stop selling a contaminated product. This leaves me feeling less than confident in our food supply.
Obviously, this woman’s goal is to help prevent the same awful experience she faced from happening to others. Also, if she was pregnant in the 90’s, it is likely that her doctor did not tell her to avoid cheese; mine sure didn’t.
I suggest you do some homework before you direct such unfounded comments towards a mom who got really sick and almost lost her daughter. I bet it was pretty traumatic. Maybe that’s why it took her so long to speak out!
You take a chance on ANY food being contaminated if you consume unpasturized food. Hello??? The word unpasteurized. Has this country grown to be that stupid to where you have to google or get a dictionary to know what that means??
hollykate

Houston, TX

#16 Mar 2, 2010
I think you all are missing the point. It's not a simple, oh she shouldn't have eaten that cheese in the first place. I agree, my first thought was also "Well, aren't pregnant women supposed to avoid that anyway?"

Our government has their hand in every way shape and form that food is produced in our country and they're doing everything they can to make it into a business instead of a natural process like it should be. If you think the food you eat is regulated, you're completely clueless. You could be poisoned by E.coli in ground beef and the government would sit on it and not allow the FDA to issue a recall.

Furthermore, how many of you know WHY there has been such an increase in recalled beef, due to E. coli in the last decade? It's because it's a BUSINESS to the government. It's cheaper for them to make farmers feed cattle CORN instead of just letting them eat grass. Cows are not meant to eat corn and when they do it exponentially increases the amount of E.coli in their digestive system. One slip of the knife at the processing plant and the entire place is contaminated. But they're never going to tell you.
CorncernedInNY

Highland, NY

#17 Mar 3, 2010
This issue is not just a matter of the mom not knowing what to eat and what not to eat. It is simplistic to think of food safety in terms of 'nanny' government, or one woman's problem, or the fabrication of some fringe group or anybody whining. This is a serious problem that is growing in our country.
A report has just come out today about the cost of food borne illnesses in the United States. Illnesses caused by campylobacter, salmonella, and listeria topped the list. How many e coli contaminations have you heard about in the last year alone?(see http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-03-0... ).
The real issue is that the government agencies that are in place now (FDA, Department of Agriculture,etc.) are not doing the job of protecting the American food supply.
We need to support efforts in Congress to overhaul the current bureaucracy (that you are currently paying for by the way) and make these agencies protect Americans.
craig w SC

AOL

#18 Mar 10, 2010
Quit buying food from other countries..every grogery store I go too sells meat from MEXICO and a few other countries...I HATE IT. I DON'T BUY THE CRAPP !!!!!!!!!!

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