Monday, April 02, 2007

pet food recall in america. duty reduction in indian budget for pet food. coincidence?

apr 2, 2007

enquiring minds want to know. surely a heck of a good coincidence in terms of timing, eh?

http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8945168&fsrc=nwl

5 comments:

siva said...

there is no such thing as coincidence....

mahashivaji said...

Te question is...how much money did the Congress Party receive as a kick-back?

habc said...

Synchronicity ? - is a word that Swiss psychologist Carl Jung used to describe the "temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events."

Cacoethes said...

An interesting observation by the alert Rajeev! Reminds me of a 2002- ’03 episode, “India rejects food aid over GM content”. The story (taken partly from the Times of India) is that two “agencies”, CARE and “Catholic Relief Services”, had applied for permission to import from the USA a total of 23,000 metric tonnes of corn-soya blend (said to be worth more than $100 million), to be channelled into government programmes. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), among others, had reservations, and they recommended verification and certification, since the government was yet to decide on permitting genetically modified food crops.
There was an incident in the US, in 2000/2001 (see, for example, Safeway recalls its taco shells, CNN.com dated October 12, 2000), of a genetically modified maize variety that was approved only as animal feed due to its potential allergenicity, ending up in the food supply.
In November, 2002 the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) had refused permission to the “aid” agencies . Officials said the US had many varieties of corn, both for animal and human consumption, and were concerned about banned or obsolete varieties slipping in. Former GEAC chief A M Gokhale said all they wanted was an undertaking that the consignments would not contain the banned variety, Starlink corn. The issue was under discussion for over a year, till January 2003, when the “aid” agencies finally backed out. US officials had been persistent in pleading with the environment ministry and with officials in the Prime Minister’s Office.
GEAC members did not buy the US arguments, especially the contention that the chances of StarLink mixing with other varieties was “unlikely” — but US officials apparently could not rule it out altogether. Traces which escape detection could get in, proved by a 2003-shipment from the US to Japan which was found to have traces of StarLink.
My own suspicion was that the corn in the food aid “corn-soya” mixture was actually the banned StarLink, and the US was trying to dump it in India under the guise of "aid". The soy was also likely to be GM, because GM soy is extensively cultivated in the US.

Cacoethes said...

Forgot to emphasize in my comment posted a minute back, that one of the "agencies" interested in importing the cornm-soya was “Catholic Relief Services”. The food-aid would have come in handy for their proselytization work.