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Posts Tagged ‘The Jungle’

My favorite books…

My favorite books…

I enjoy history and geography, so my tastes lean to this genre…

The American Plague” by Molly Caldwell Crosby – Yellow Fever the epidemic that shaped our history

Another favorite is “The Jungle” mainly due to history about the meatpacking industry and it lead to the FDA (thank goodness). Have you ever noticed bugs in your cereal?

I also enjoy reading John Grisham, Dan Brown and Clive Cussler.

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My favorite movies – may shock you?

My favorite movies – may shock you?

There are a few that may surprise you on this list but I think some of you will appreciate some of the weirder ones. Here was my list of  Top 7 homicidal-creepy crawlies movie creatures…  When I was 15 I had the chance to go to Japan for the 13th World Scout Jamboree and on the plane flight I read the book “I am Legend“. It became one of those items that I would read from time to time and then they made a movie of it “I am Legend

My all time favorite is the 1951 version on “The Day the Earth Stood Still” – I did watch the remake but the original was and is still my absolute favorite.

Now I know you’re waiting for my favorite bug movie and it has to be the 1990 Arachnophobia with John Goodman as the bug dude – it stills creeps me out.

Check it out – it is a spider creepy movie…

Have you ever noticed bugs in your cereal?

Have you ever noticed bugs in your cereal?

Well it does happen from time to time. So what are the bugs and how did they get there? Stored Product Pest can sometimes be found in a variety of goods, from dog food, pasta, dried flower arrangements to flour. Most of the time this contamination occurs outside of the factory where it was produced. Have you ever been shopping and noticed little moths flying about? I notice them quite often in the dry dog food aisle at your local Pet Stores.


Here is a report I believe from France but it points out  how problems can arise to the point of contamination or adultration.   

4,900 kg of cereals destroyed due to presence of insects

US timelines

Lewis Caleb Beck in the Patent Office around 1848 to carry out chemical analyses of agricultural products

1904-1906 Upton Sinclair (did you know he lived in Buckeye, AZ with his 3rd wife) publishes “The Jungle” about the meatpacking industry which sparked the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906.

1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act 

Pesticide Control Law 1910

FDA – 1930

Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law – 1938

FIFRA – Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act passed in – 1947

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), 1/4/2011

Fed Judge Orders Destroying of Food Seized from Dirty Warehouse

So does anyone know when the government got involved in the food business? Here is a recent story from Wisconsin:  How about a short little history:

  • In the United States the Federal government showed little concern for the food industry until Upton Sinclare in 1906 wrote the book “The Jungle”. This American novel tells the story of the Chicago meat packing industry from the point of view of the immigrant laborers. I read this in high school, it is a great read but can gross you out. President Theodore Roosevelt assigned two commissioners to investigate the stockyard conditions.
  • Soon thereafter the Wiley Act was enacted – this gave the government the ability to seize adulterated food.
  • 1910 The first Insecticide Act was passed.
  • In 1938 the Food Drug & Cosmetic (FD&C) act gave the government the authority to to make factory and warehouse inspections for the first time and added the power of court injunctions for seizure and prosecution.
  • 1947 Federal Insecticide, , Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) was passed by Congress.
  • Federal regulations under the Good Manufacturing Practices continue to add further refinement to the FD&C.
  • 1972 The Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act (FEPCA) was passed.
  • 1977 Food Drug Administration published a new training manual for warehouse inspections.
  • 1978 FIFRA was amended.

This story is one of intrigue and value, I eat better and don’t worry as much because of these laws. We use the American Institute of Baking (AIB) as our guidelines when working at warehouses – even if a paper product eventually touches food – it is regulated. There are guidelines and rules that specify when and where pesticides may be used and at what point. It regulates the placement of rodent traps inside and outside. So as you sit down at your favorite restaurant, you can rest easy in knowing that someone is watching. If you get the chance to read the book “The Jungle” it is worth the read.

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