Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 37

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE 4. Food Safety and Inspection Service This gets a little confusing. This is government not quite at its best. The Food and Drug Administration, which happens to be part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, handles the food safety part of almost everything you eat. But USDA has responsibility for meat and poultry and eggs. Not ideal, but we’re working on it. In the poultry processing plants and the meat-slaughter plants, there are government employees who are inspectors trying to make sure we’re keeping out the pathogens. We have a salmonella reduction plan to try and reduce as much as we can. There are still outbreaks. We process our food more and more and there are those dangers. But the Food Safety and Inspection Service is there trying to minimize that. 5. Marketing and Regulatory Program How many of you have seen the milk mustaches: got milk? What’s interesting about them is those are paid for because the industries tax themselves and say, we want to do generic research on our product: beef or soy or avocados or blueberries. And then we can also do generic promotion. It doesn’t benefit one farm or one producer; it benefits all of them as a whole: “the incredible edible egg” or “beef it’s what’s for dinner.” Those kinds of phrases are coming from a way that our folks are working in the marketing and regulatory space. The other one that is great for Portland and beyond is a grant program for the farmers’ market and local promotion programs. Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program are relatively new. The applications are open right now. And it helps to start a new farmers’ market or take it to the next level. Or do you really want to promote made-in-Oregon food products? This is a great one for it. There’s also the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service that’s making sure that the mad cow disease or foot-and-mouth disease isn’t coming across the border; now the highly pathogenic avian influenza is a concern because it can be transmitted from migratory birds to turkeys and chickens and so on. That’s some of what they do too. 34