Courtesy of Flickr user stevendepoloWashington Post: FDA Faulted Over State Inspections
Summary: A report released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General found that the FDA has increasingly relied on state inspectors to monitor the food supply. According to the IG, however, the FDA is failing to monitor whether states carry out their duties. The report was prompted by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Ct) after a 2008-09 Salmonella outbreak linked to a Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) processing plant took place following several plant inspections by state officials.
At the height of that outbreak, PCA whistleblower and GAP client Kenneth Kendrick revealed his repeated attempts to report food safety problems at his plant before the outbreak. Texas officials ignored his concerns, not even recognizing that the PCA plant Kendrick worked at was operating without a license.
Baltimore Sun: Bradley Manning Supporters Plan to Rally Outside Fort Meade
Summary: The first hearing for Bradley Manning – the soldier accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks – starts tomorrow, and hundreds of activists are planning to protest outside Fort Meade, MD (where the hearing is to take place) in support of the soldier. Demonstrators will include Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and large groups from the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy K Street (Washington, DC) encampments.
Also supporting Manning are noted folk singer Graham Nash and singer James Raymond. They have written a song in support of the young whistleblower.
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