Corrupt Food Inspectors In Mexico Export Toxic Food into the United States Certified as “Organic”!

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From EPORW Member and Veteran Trucker Mike Carson who delivers produce throughout the United States.

The term “organic” typically describes food that has been cultivated and/or processed without the use of chemicals of any sort including fertilizers, insecticides, artificial coloring or flavoring and additives.

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A few weeks ago I was picking up organic produce from in Arizona headed for the Northeast. While waiting in line to get my truck loaded, I had a few coffees and a lengthy conversation with some drivers who pick up bulk produce from farms in Mexico and deliver them to cold warehouses in Arizona and California for packaging. When I told them I was picking up “organic” produce, they chuckled and told me about the way things are done in Mexico. In a nutshell, they said that they often see planes and trucks spraying pesticides in the fields which grow the produce headed for the United States. In addition, it is well known that the Food Inspectors in Mexico take bribes to certify produce as “Organic” when it is not; especially food which has been sprayed with pesticides. The produce is then delivered into the United States with a falsified letter of certification where it is packaged as “organic.”

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Like all truckers, I have received training for shipping Hazardous Materials. Mexico has a similar HazMat program, where all shipments of Hazardous Materials are highly regulated. For instance, all 4 sides of the trailer require placards which show what material is being transported (this is so first responders, regardless of what country the hazardous material is being shipped to, know what they are dealing with in the event of an accidental spill). These placards give the Class of Hazardous Material (ie: explosives or poison gas) and a United Nations code which identifies the specific chemical being transported.

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So I asked the drivers if the trucks going to the farms in Mexico have HazMat placards. They all said yes. I gave them my phone number and email and asked them to contact me with the HazMat identification number from the placards.

Within a week, two of the drivers reported back with the ID numbers from the HazMat placards on the trucks delivering pesticides to the farms in Mexico.  One ID number was Class 6 (Organochlorine pesticides, solid, toxic), commonly known as Heptachlor.  The other was Class 6, 2994 (Arsenical Pesticides, Liquid, toxic). Class 6 identifies the chemical as an Infectious or Toxic substance.

Both of these chemicals have been banned in the United States for use as pesticides and neither of these chemicals are supposed to be used on produce labeled “organic” when grown outside of the United States.  The only protection American consumers have against toxic food on their table which was grown in Mexico are the Inspectors in Mexico who commonly take bribes to certify produce as “Organic.”

Bribery of food inspectors in Mexico is not just limited to produce; in 2011, Tyson Chicken was fined 5.2 million dollars when they were caught in an elaborate scheme to hide bribe money paid to food inspectors in Mexico.

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United States Customs and Border Enforcement does not test for chemical residue either. The only Inspections they do are looking for narcotics or evidence of insect infestation. And according to the Whole Foods Market website, America’s largest retailer of organic food, they do not have a program for testing for dangerous chemical residues on their produce which is exported from Mexico. In the case of Whole Foods Market Company, they buy from the American Warehouses which package the produce after it has been certified by corrupt inspectors in Mexico. Last year, ABC news sampled imported organic produce from around the nation and found that 22% were chemically contaminated and that all of the contaminated samples originated in Mexico.

 

UN Identification codes for Hazardous Materials:

http://bhs.econ.census.gov/bhs/cfs/Hazmat%20Code%20List.pdf

EPA links for heptachlor and Arsenical Pesticides:

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http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/organic_arsenicals_fs.html

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/heptachl.html

Bribery links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/world/americas/bribery-tolerated-even-as-it-hurts-mexican-economy.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/business/11tyson.html

Links for lack of testing for chemical residues on organic food:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/no-testing-procedures-in-place-to-assure-organic-produce-is-chemical-free-so-we-tested-ourselves

 

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