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The Final Destination: Missing Woman Zita Chung Found Dead

Posted by te2ataria on May 17, 2019

Zita Chung was reported missing yesterday: Police have since removed report from their website

The body of missing woman Zita Chung, 38, has reportedly been recovered by police.

Police have so far refused to confirm if the body is that of the missing woman, or reveal where or when the body was recovered.

Additionally, police have removed the missing report from their website, which was posted yesterday, implying murder/foul play.

Zita Chung, 38, was last seen around midday on Thursday, “and may be on foot carrying a red bag”, police had said on their website, before removing the missing report.

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Meanwhile…

The Final Destination for Pacific Islander

Fatal Incident on Southern Motorway – name release –
Thursday, 16 May 2019 – 1:27pm – Auckland City

The man who was killed in an incident on the Southern Motorway, Auckland, on Thursday May 9 was 22-year-old Sauitua Apolinalio, police said.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/name-release-southern-motorway-incident

Also…

Name release – Fatal crash, Ruapehu District
Friday, 17 May 2019 – 11:37am – Central

The man killed in a two-vehicle crash on SH4, Owhango, Ruapehu District, on Wednesday 15 May was Eric Keith Smit, aged 55, who lived in National Park, police said.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/name-release-fatal-crash-ruapehu-district

Missing, Presumed…

Bridget Simmonds, 42,  was last seen on 23 Feb. when she was dropped off by family at Countdown Regent in Whangarei, police said.

42-year-old mother of two has been missing since February 23

Thursday, 16 May 2019 – 4:37pm  – Northland

“Police are urging people to tune into Police Ten 7 tonight as we appeal for public assistance to help our investigation into the disappearance of Bridget Simmonds.

“The 42-year-old mother of two has been missing since February.

“The last confirmed sighting of Bridget by her family was on Saturday February 23, when her mother dropped her off at the Countdown on Kamo Road, Whangarei.

“She had been staying with her mother in Kerikeri prior to her disappearance. She became extremely worried after not hearing from her for two weeks.

“Bridget was reported missing on March 6th and Police have been making a number of enquiries, and have issued several appeals to the public for information since.”

“Bridget was last seen wearing a dark coloured singlet and has a large distinctive tattoo on her upper left arm of a fairy tangled in vines holding an orb.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/can-you-help-police-ten-7-case-1

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More Murders than Ever Before!

Homicide investigation – Mt Eden
Saturday, 18 May 2019 – 6:53am – Auckland City
“A homicide investigation has been launched after a man was found dead at a property on Dominion Road, Mt Eden, this morning, 18 May 2019.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/homicide-investigation-mt-eden

Murder in Otara
Friday, 17 May 2019 – 4:53pm – Counties Manurekau
“At approximately 2.53pm, Police were notified that a person had reportedly been shot. Upon arrival, a male was located with a gunshot wound and has died at the scene.”  https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-serious-incident-otara

And…

‘Young person’ found dead at Bay of Plenty [of Deaths] school

Katikati College is closed for the day after a “young person” was found dead on school grounds overnight, a report said.

Police apparently examined the body at the school, in a town 40 kilometres northwest of Tauranga, on Friday morning and decided that the death was not suspicious.

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Importing Dangerous Medicines and Food

Posted by te2ataria on May 17, 2019

Sent by Sue W. [Emphasis added by Editor]

Ralph Nader: In the Public Interest – info@nader.org <info@nader.org>

Trump: Importing Dangerous Medicines and Food and Keeping Consumers in the Dark

Conservatives favor consumer choice. Consumer information is vital to make that choice meaningful. Corporatists, masquerading as conservatives, do not care about informed consumer choice. Donald Trump is a corporatist, as are the vast majority of Republicans in his Cabinet and in Congress. Corporatists do not even want you to know where products are made. Today, producers and retail sellers do not have to tell you the “country of origin” for meat and pork products. Before 2015, when Congress bowed to the dictates of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Congress had enacted a law that required country of origin labels on meat products.

People wanted to know whether the beef and pork sold in their local stores was from the U.S., or Canada, Brazil, China, Mexico, or South Africa, among other importers. But after the WTO judges in Geneva, Switzerland decided, bizarrely, that “country of origin” labeling was an impermissible non-tariff trade barrier, Congress meekly passed a bill that repealed the labeling law and President Obama signed this legislation into law.

While Donald Trump claims to reject “free trade” treaties, he has been silent on country of origin regulations. State Cattlemen’s Associations want laws mandating country of origin labels, believing that consumers are more trusting of the U.S. meat industry than the meat industries in most other countries. These associations know that the U.S.D.A. Food Safety and Inspection Service has a much less rigorous inspection process for imported meats. Unfortunately, the rest of the meat industry likes to import meat, without labeling, and mix it up with the U.S. products. Trump – a prodigious meat eater has yet to tweet in favor of the American cattle industry, even though many people in this part of the U.S. meat industry voted for him in 2016.

Even worse, we cannot tell where our drugs are being manufactured. Rosemary Gibson, author of China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine thinks American patients are endangered by imported medicines. Gibson is about to testify before Congress on her very disturbing findings regarding importation of medicines from China. I’ve been trying to get the attention of Donald Trump, his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, and the Secretary of Agriculture, Sunny Perdue, regarding risks with importation of food and drugs. Letters, emails, and calls have been met with silence. By not responding, they’re telling us who they primarily support—corporate profiteering interests. That is one reason why Trump has broken his promise to the American people to bring down staggeringly high drug prices.

It will be harder for the Trump administration to ignore journalist Katherine Eban . Eban provides us with a terrifying glimpse of her new book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom, in a New York Times article published on Sunday May 11, 2019. The article, “Americans Need Generic Drugs, But Can They Trust Them?” exposes the widespread unsafe conditions in many Indian and Chinese labs and plants that manufacture generic drugs for the U.S. market (generics amount to 90 percent of the U.S. supply of drugs). One of her sources was an intrepid Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspector, Peter Baker (he has since left the agency).

Baker was a bold and honest auditor. He refused to announce lab inspections in advance, as is FDA’s lackadaisical practice. From 2012 to 2018, Baker discovered “fraud or deceptive practices in almost four-fifths of the drug plants he inspected” in India and China. Indian and Chinese manufacturers engaged in data manipulation that could prove deadly.

At one firm, the Wockhardt plant in India, Baker caught the company knowingly releasing insulin vials containing metallic fragments from a defective sterilizing machine into Indian and foreign markets. Eban reports that “[Baker] learned that the company had been using the same defective equipment to make a sterile injectable cardiac drug for the American market.” Two months later, the FDA banned imports from that plant.

Eban continues, shockingly: “In some instances, deceptions and other practices have contributed to generic drugs with toxic impurities, unapproved ingredients and dangerous particulates reaching American patients.” This is nothing new. In 2008, at least 81 American patients died in hospitals after being given heparin, a blood thinner that contained a contaminated ingredient from China.

You’d think that the FDA would demand from Trump more inspectors abroad and the U.S. Department of Agriculture would ask the White House for more U.S.D.A. Food and Safety inspectors, along with tougher laws and penalties on unsafe imports to transmit to Congress. After all, the sheer scope of U.S. drug companies going to China and India to produce drugs cheaply, so as to swell their already swollen profits, is simply stunning.

Another chilling statistic from Eban is that “Nearly forty percent of all our generic drugs are made in India. Eighty percent of active ingredients for both our brand and generic drugs come from abroad, the majority from India and China… America makes almost none of its own antibiotics anymore” (My emphasis). The outsourcing of the production of drugs to foreign countries presents vast challenges for health and safety regulators.

One would think this surrender to imports, whose sole purpose is to fatten U.S. drug companies’ profits, would be considered both a consumer safety threat and a national security matter. Why isn’t Trump doing anything to keep Americans safe from dangerous foreign products, as he crows about tariffs?

Of course the FDA responds with their usual phony assurances about its reliable inspections, putting out a statement that reads: “The F.D.A. inspects all brand-name and generic manufacturing facilities around the world which manufacture product for the U.S. market.”
Is that why the FDA, which has largely conducted unannounced inspections of U.S. plants, still allows pre-announcement of the vast majority of its foreign inspections? Eban reports, the FDA investigators are treated as “the company’s guests and agree on an inspection date in advance…Plant officials have served as hosts and helped to arrange local travel.”

Messrs. Trump, Azar, and Perdue better wake up before innocent Americans lose their lives due to corporate indentured government officials failing to properly do their jobs. Do they want a major disaster to land on their derelict desks?
They are on full public notice.

Ralph Nader
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