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To the notes by the moderator below, I would like to respond that many
of us receive packets from relatives, who don't necessarily have
internet access or, if they do, the understanding of English legalese
required to file a notice on the FDA website.
Also, it's true that for private packages less information is required,
but to register the names and addresses of manufacturers for a typical
situation, i.e. several small items sent in the same package, is still a
lot of paperwork and hassle.
My feeling is that a lot of people will simply not declare the shipments
as food and take their chances. But it will be interesting to see how
this develops. So far, the ruling has received little media coverage,
probably because it hasn't been strictly enforced yet. I like the
comment by the Washington Post, though. "There are 25 pages of details
at the FDA's Web site. But no one at the agency could answer these
questions: a) Can you trust a terrorist sending bioterrorist agents in
food to honestly self-report? b) If a terrorist were refused permission
to mail, say, anthrax in powdered sugar, couldn't he just mail anthrax
in baby powder?
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Received on Wed Feb 04 2004 - 13:26:08 PST