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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Guess what ICC fed it's inmates as a "special" meal on July 4th? You got it....Pink Slime Burger.

On July 4th ICC, once again, out did themselves by serving another "special" treat to it's inmates...pink slime burgers.
Many inmates, instead of eating the tainted burger, traded them for chocolate bars.
No wonder the inmates at ICC are violent, depressed and malnourished.
PWI poses these questions to the IDOC.... why isn't there any oversite on what ICC is feeding it's inmates? Why doesn't ICC conform with the same nutritional standards of the ISCI? and who is in charge of making sure Idaho's inmates, in every institution, receives proper nutrition which includes adequate fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains with every meal?
We need to care about what inmates are being fed because malnutrition affects people negatively in every aspect of their lives, including when they are released from prison back into the public.
Do we really want to deal with violent, aggressive, angry, malnourished people when they are released bank into our neighborhoods?
This is what ICC fed it's inmates on July 4th as a "special" holiday treat... and what they continue to feed the inmates on a weekly basis...

Hamburger? Slime, Ammonia and Cow Shit

In our ongoing series “There’s WHAT in My Food?”, we submit for your reading pleasure (though probably not while you’re eating) our comments on a stunning New York Times investigation that exposed how an ammonia-treated beef filler used in 50% of the nation’s ground beef (possibly up to 80%, according to one industry source) has repeatedly been found contaminated with deadly e. coli and salmonella, despite claims that the ammonia-bathed product would actually eliminate the harmful bacteria.

"Meat maker Beef Products Inc (BPI) created a product the beef industry loves. Prior to BPI’s innovation, the slimiest, nastiest slaughterhouse scraps were used primarily for pet food (while the fatty bits were rendered for various oil-based food and non-food products). But in the late 1990’s, BPI began experimenting with ways to take these dirty, feces-stained scraps and turn them into, well, dirty, feces-contaminated burger filler...."

"To mask the odor and taste, it appears BPI started lowering the ammonia load. Problem is, less ammonia means more bacteria survive the process, resulting in a beef filler containing both shit and its attendant disease-causing microbes."
"But it’s not only school kids who are unwittingly eating the BPI filler. Cargill, one of the country’s biggest suppliers of ground beef to institutions. . ."

"Those who continue to eat ground beef products should know that packaging instructions on proper cooking to kill potentially lethal bacteria lurking in the burger have proven inconsistent and inadequate to protect health. That’s why we recommend avoiding ground beef altogether, especially for kids, the elderly, and those with suppressed immune systems (in institutions such as jails and prisons) since these groups are most susceptible to deadly outcomes from food poisoning.
Meanwhile, BPI has filed suit to keep secret company-funded safety studies on the meat slime that were conducted by scientists at Iowa State University.


The company even claimed that adding its product to other ground beef would kill any bacteria in the mix (a bold claim, since the company’s own studies found no such significant effect).

BPI’s products tested positive for E. coli three times, and for salmonella forty eight times.... More
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Prison Study to Investigate Link Between Junk Food and Violence - Another reminder to IDOC
By Jeremy Laurance
The Independent
Some of the most challenging young prisoners are to be given food supplements in a study aimed at curbing violent behavior.
Scientists from Oxford University say the effect of nutrition on behavior has been underestimated. They say increases in consumption of "junk" food (nutritionally poor meals served to inmates) over the past 50 years have contributed to a rise in violence.
The university will lead the £1.4m study in which 1,000 males aged 16 to 21 from three young offenders' institutions in England and Scotland will be randomly allocated either the vitamin and mineral supplements or a placebo, and followed over 12 months.
In a pilot study of 231 prisoners by the same researchers, published in 2002, violent incidents while in custody were cut by a more than a third among those given the supplements. Overall, offenses recorded by the prison authorities fell by a quarter.
John Stein, professor of physiology at Oxford University, said: "If you could extrapolate from those results you would see a reduction of a quarter to a third in violent offenses in prison. You could reduce violent offenses in the community by a third. That would have a huge economic benefit."

"Our initial findings indicated that improving what people eat could lead them to behave more sociably as well as improving their health. This is not an area currently considered in standards of dietary adequacy. We are not saying nutrition is the only influence on behavior but we seem to have seriously underestimated its importance."
Mark Walport, head of the Wellcome Trust, which is funding the three-year study, said: "
If this study shows that nutritional supplementation affects behavior it could have profound significance for nutritional guidelines, not only within the criminal justice system but in the wider community – in schools, for example.

We are all used to nutritional guidelines for our physical health but this study could lead to revisions taking account of our mental health."

The theory behind the trial is that when the brain is starved of essential nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids, which are a central building block of brain neurons, it loses "flexibility". This shortens attention spans and undermines self-control....

Bernard Gesch, a senior research scientist in the department of physiology and the director of Natural Justice, a charity that investigates the causes of offending, said the prisoners would be given the supplement containing 100 per cent of the recommended daily amount of more than 30 vitamins and minerals plus three fish-oil capsules totaling 2.25g on top of their normal diet.

"We are trying to rehabilitate the brain to criminal justice. The law assumes crime is a matter of free will. But you can't exercise free will without involving your brain and the brain can't function properly without an adequate nutrient supply. It may have an important influence on behavior."

"This is a positive approach to preventing the problems of antisocial and criminal behavior. It is simple, it seems to be highly effective and the only "risk" from a better diet is better health. It is a rare win-win situation in criminal justice."
The Ministry of Justice is backing the three-year study, which will start in May. David Hanson, the Prisons minister, said he hoped it would shed further light on the links between nutrition and behavior.
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1 comment:

  1. I'm certain ICC was patting themselves on the back though as they also had Hot Dogs as well. Kido opted for Hot Dog in hopes of a Vending Machine meal. The weekends and Holidays are two meals with one being sake lunches of Balonie. We all know that is all all cheap rescyled meat as well. He mentioned once more what tiny portions as well. His back up is his commissary. Last note was he and an other inmate gave his sake lunch to an older guy who doesn't have extras (commissary funds) and hungry. Both were called in violation for giving food away.