Dr. Lorrin Pang FDA insights HD 1080p

While attending a GMO Rally in Kahului, Maui on March 30, 2014 I spoke to Dr. Lorrin Pang and questioned him about issues within the FDA science community. I was delighted to learn about this once confidential internal FDA study highlighted above. Although not the best news one could hope for it definitely shed light on the severity of the issue at hand.

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Dr. Lorrin Pang explains some of the issues facing FDA scientists in regards to GMO safety.
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The specific online PDF document can be downloaded and reviewed by the public.

FDA Science and Mission at Risk.
Report of the Subcommittee on Science and Technology
Prepared For FDA Science Board
November 2007
URL shortened: http://1.usa.gov/1mKEJat

 

The FDA scientists point out:

“The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak”.

“The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific workforce does not have sufficient capacity and capability”.

“The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its information technology (IT) infrastructure is inadequate”.

“Finding: FDA does not have the capacity to ensure the safety of food for the nation”.

“Finding: The development of medical products based on “new science” cannot be adequately regulated by the FDA”.

“Finding: There is insufficient capacity in modeling, risk assessment and analysis”.

“Finding: The FDA science agenda lacks a coherent structure and vision, as well as effective coordination and prioritization”.

“Finding: The FDA has substantial recruitment and retention challenges”.

“Finding: The FDA has an inadequate and ineffective program for scientist performance”.

“Finding: The FDA has inadequate funding for professional development”.

“Finding: The FDA has not taken sufficient advantage of external and internal collaborations”.

“Finding: The Subcommittee believes that there is evidence of important, but slow, progress to improve information sciences and technology at the FDA over the past few years, yet significant gaps remain”.

“Finding: The FDA lacks the information science capability and information infrastructure to fulfill its regulatory mandate”.

“Finding: The FDA cannot provide the information infrastructure support to regulate products based on new science”.

“Finding: The FDA IT infrastructure is obsolete, unstable, and lacks sufficient controls to ensure continuity of operations or to provide effective disaster recovery services”.

“Finding: The IT workforce is insufficient and sub optimally organized”.

“Finding: The FDA has experienced decreasing resources in the face of increasing responsibilities”.

“Finding: Recommendations of excellent FDA reviews are seldom followed”.

 

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Tsunami Advisory 0545 PM HST

Status:UPDATE Source:PTWC
Reported:April 01, 2014 23:47:00 GMT
Last Update:April 02, 2014 03:53:09 GMT
Summary:
Message Brief: A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT 0545 PM HST.
Message Evaluation: BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER…SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE AT BEACHES AND IN HARBORS AND MARINAS. THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.
THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS
0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014
Additional Information: FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.

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8.2 Earthquake Santiago Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the tremor, which also shook buildings in parts of nearby Peru and Bolivia.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake at 8.0, but later upgraded the magnitude. It said the quake struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of the Chilean city of Iquique at 8:46 p.m., hitting a region that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

Waves measuring almost 2 meters (6 ½ feet) already were striking cities on the coast, and authorities said a tsunami was expected to come ashore later. Local TV images showed residents evacuating calmly.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for all of Latin America’s Pacific coast. Chile’s Emergency Office said a large tsunami wave was expected to hit the island of Juan Fernandez out in the Pacific just before midnight local time.

Chile’s emergency service reported some road blocked by landslides caused by the quake, but said no injuries had been reported so far.

An official at Peru’s civil defense office said evacuations were underway on that country’s coast. The official, who did not give her name, said there were no immediate reports of damage. Police officer Alejandro Rosado in a Tacna, a Peruvian town near the coast, said no damage or injuries had been reported there.

Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in central Chile in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.

The strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth also happened in Chile — a magnitude-9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people.

Hundreds of earthquakes have shaken Chile’s far-northern coast in the past two weeks, keeping people on edge as scientists said there was no way to tell if the unusual string of tremors was a harbinger of an impending disaster.

The unnerving activity began with a strong magnitude-6.7 quake on March 16 that caused more than 100,000 people to briefly evacuate low-lying areas, although no tsunami materialized and there was little physical damage from the shaking.

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Associated Press writers Eva Vergara in Santiago and Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.

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