#AceWorldNews – TURKEY:Jan.07: US. has shelved the handover of two leftover frigates to Turkey as Congress excluded Turkey from a bill seeking permission to transfer vessels to foreign countries citing Turkey’s sour relations with Israel and the latest gas row with Greek Cyprus.
‘ USS Frigate McClusky ‘
The move is interpreted by foreign policy experts as an action that will lead Turkey to think twice before getting into new arms purchases.
Signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curtis and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.
It took the better part of two years, but Congress has finally approved the potential transfer to Taiwan and Mexico of six frigates being decommissioned by the US Navy. The move means negotiators have permission to make a deal for transfer of the ships, four of which are still in service.
Signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curts and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.
The act also authorizes the sale of the frigates Taylor, Gary, Carr and Elrod to Taiwan, Defense News reported.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 29 – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.) told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart that Congress should vote for a new authorization to defeat all terrorist groups that pose a threat to Americans.
“We are shirking our responsibility by not voting on this,” Ros-Lehtinen said.
“The president says he’s using this certain section of the Constitution and also Bush’s authorization from many years ago. He can get a new authorization.”
Ros-Lehtinen said the new authorization should include “the terror group of the day,” be it ISIL, al-Nusra Front, or others.
“We’ve got to kill them like cockroaches,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “And like the saying goes, and then there goes two.”
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#AceNewsServices – September 21 – This toxic practice makes seriously decayed meat look fresh for weeks and is banned in many countries including the European Union and Japan.
‘ Toxic Meat Being Sold As Fresh ‘
Many consumers are unaware that over 70% of beef and chicken in the United States and Canada is treated with poisonous carbon monoxide gas and the FDA allows it, despite the known public health risks.
A bill was introduced in Congress that would require the labelling of meat that has been treated with carbon monoxide but it was never enacted and the topic was swept under the rug entirely. [Bill: H.R. 3115 (110th) introduced on July 19, 2007; never enacted.]
This practice makes meat appear and smell fresh even when contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E-coli 0157:H7.
Carbon monoxide makes meat appear fresher than it really is by reacting with the meat pigment myoglobin to create carboxymyoglobin.
This bright red pigment masks the natural tell tale signs of spoiled meat such as rank odours and slime.
Meats containing carboxymyoglobin will appear red and fresh for days or even weeks beyond the point of spoiling.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 21 – Seemingly regular cycle of food contamination scares about various food processing facilities prompted Congress to require revisions to Food and Drug Administration food safety regulations.
On September 19 the FDA offered an early look at proposed rules on produce safety and preventive controls in human food production, plus preventive controls in animal food production and on foreign supplier verification programs.
A comment period on the rule proposals will begin after they are officially published in the Federal Register on Sept. 29.
CQ Roll Call’s Georgina Gustin reports that the new rules are designed to make the inspection process less burdensome, especially for small and organic food growers, as the agency is dropping a nine-month delay on developing risk analysis on manure and eases restrictions on the agricultural water quality standards.
The proposed rule for produce products also clarifies what constitutes a covered farm, saying that those with produce sales – not food sales – under $25,000 annually will not be subject to the rules.
Additionally, the revised regulations on preventive controls for animal food addresses concerns raised by brewers and livestock farmers, that unprocessed spent grains – a by-product of the brewing process – would be not be subject to new regulations when sold as animal feed.
The proposed rules on foreign supplier verification requires annual on site auditing of foreign suppliers, but companies with well-documented supply chains could opt out.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 19 – Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.
The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama’s close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest GOP critics, including top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
It put leading contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination on opposite sides. Some of Obama’s liberal allies defected.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Thursday split over whether to give President Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic terrorists.
Both Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) made forceful cases for aiding the fighters. But others in the conference had grave reservations about who exactly these fighters are and whether arms could get into enemy hands.
By Scott Wong,Cristina Marcos & Rebecca Shabad @ The Hill