Ms Tamara Jackson
Calif. Food & Drug
Richmond CA 94804
510 620 3481
Regarding: Wholesale Nutrition's response to Cesar F. Antonio's 22 June 2007 inspection of our facility and his Notice of Violation.
First I have to point out that costuming your inspector, Mr Antonio, in a white lab coat only caused me to roll my eyes. It certainly didn't give him more authority or credibility. Then when he displayed his shiny badge, I had to hold back a laugh. How about having him wear a stethoscope? I've been inspected by Fed and State Food & Drug bureaucrats for over 3 decades and never have experienced such a floor show. I suggest you scrap the lab coat - it wasn't necessary and only made Mr Antonio look stupid. May I also suggest you folks go to the internet and read the following: HOW MUCH LONGER MUST THIS GENOCIDE CONTINUE? http://www.whale.to/p/brown4.html This 1982 speech summarizes how Fed FDA policies were (and are) causing Americans to die by hundreds of thousands, and even millions in the case of cancer. And things haven't become better, since there's presently a movement afoot to completely eliminate this branch of government. And since CA Food & Drug only duplicates the useless Fed bureau, that makes your department doubly useless. As an example of an experience I had with CA Food & Drug, in 1986, please go to the bottom of the following site: HISTORICAL NOTE http://www.nutri.com/strips
Well, now, with all my thoughts and biases out in the open, let me address Mr Antonio's "NOTICE OF VIOLATION" report:
Mr Antonio, in order to find any "violations", and therefore to justify his existence, managed to find the following trivial issues:
1. "The floor of the ingredient storage room is dusty." Well, it's the nature of dust to eventually land on a floor. I'd say if he has such a great issue with dust, then CA Food & Drug should anonymously purchase a few bottles of our products and test for this awful dust. I guarantee it wouldn't be more than a few parts per million of common dust - mostly harmless inorganic quartz-based particles. Organic dust will mostly consist of pollen and dead skin both of which are ubiquitous and completely harmless since humans have lived with them for tens of thousands of years. The harmful heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, are allowed by the FDA up to about 10 parts per million. Mr Antonio's fetish with harmless dust is misdirected and is merely grasping for anything to put on his "Notice of Violation".
2."Powdered 'debris' was "observed" on some areas of the floor." I suggest Mr Antonio look up the meaning of "debris". There was no debris on the floor! Powder cannot be debris - they are mutually exclusive. That awful powder he "observed" was simply a few grams of spilled vitamin C that we hadn't yet had a chance to vacuum up.
3. "The non-food contact surface of the product mixer (see photo at the bottom of http://www.nutri.com/sale ) is dusty." A useless "observation" that only feeds his dust fetish. So what, for Pete's sake? This mixer hadn't been used for a couple weeks and a very thin layer of dust naturally accumulated, as dust is prone to do. Being on a shiny polished metal surface, it's presence was easily "observed". I was so annoyed, once, that when Mr Antonio pointed out there was some dust on a tool box, I just picked up the box and licked the cover a half dozen times. And you know what? I'm still alive. But I don't think he got my point.
4. "The floor of the mixing room has a thick accumulation of cobweb(s) and dust in one corner." If you care for my thoughts about insects and spiders, please go to my webpage at http://www.nutri.com/wn/bug.html where you'll find 26 tips to rid your home (or office) of insects. The very first tip starts out by saying: "Don't kill spiders!" In any event, we're well aware of insects and are relatively free of them, and also completely free of insecticides and poisons used by others.
5. "Strands of cobweb(s) hang from the ceiling of this (mixing) room." A couple cobwebs were indeed present, but only in corners where spiders have better luck attracting insects to feed on. There was no possible way any harmless cobweb remains could have found their way into our mixer.
6. "The firm failed to provide a self-closing door for the employee rest room." Now, Ms Jackson, our rest room is at the far end of the unit, and has no window - but does have an exhaust fan. If the door is closed after someone has moved their bowels, the smell persists even with the fan on. Our rule has always been, after defecating, to leave the door open a couple inches, and to leave the fan on. Now that Mr Antonio has mandated the door must be self-closing, we now need to prop the door open those couple inches while the fan clears the air. When I related all this to Mr Antonio, and asked him why the door must be self-closing, he mumbled something unintelligible and I chose not to pursue it.
7. "The firm failed to store cleaned utensils . . (such as scoops) . . in a location and manner that protects them from contamination. The metal scoop was stored on a shelf in the rest room above the toilet." Well, to me, this was Mr Antonio's most invalid complaint, indicating the extent he was willing to go to find anything at all to put in his report. All utensils must be washed in the rest room since it's our only source of running water. Scoops, etc., are stored there for convenience. The shelf Mr Antonio referred to was 4 feet above the level where any bowel movement would momentarily reside. I cannot see how our products could be contaminated as much as one part per Billion as a result of fecal matter somehow finding its way onto the scoops and then into our bottles. He was really reaching here. I hope you aren't taken in by such silly, unscientific, "observations".
Please remember, The Fed FDA and CA Food & Drug are killing people by the tens of thousands, and Wholesale Nutrition has been saving lives for 37 years. What? CA Food & Drug are killing people? Sure, just look at California's ridiculous edict that all Cancers MUST ONLY be treated using Surgery, Radiation, and Chemotherapy - commonly referred to as Cut, Burn, and Poison. For decades doctors in California have NOT been allowed to use Vitamin C (as sodium ascorbate) intravenously to treat cancer for fear of losing their licences. (For some history on this, please see: http://nutri.com/stone/ .) It's indeed ironic all the concepts and early progress were American, but all the glory will go to China. Why? Because, for the last several years, in Mainland China, 100 grams per day have been used, intravenously, resulting in high percentages of cancer cures - cures many thousands of Californians never had a chance to experience. Their deaths are on CA Food & Drug's hands and conscience.
Bottom Line: All of Mr Antonio's mandates have been completed - dust has been dealt with to the best of our ability, vitamin C powder on the floor has been removed, the rest room door is now self-closing, and we'll find another place for the scoops to dry overnight. Much ado about nothing, methinks - especially since the very first sentence of Mr Antonio's "Notice of Violation" stated, "The firm failed to maintain the building/facility of the food plant in an adequate sanitary condition." This accusation is completely unwarranted in view of his extremely trivial "observations". This whole exercise only proved to me that CA Food & Drug and the Federal FDA have outlived their usefulness, having drained the taxpayer's time and money, then allowing him to die prematurely by denying him the best treatments.
Owner, Wholesale Nutrition