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S.458 Milk Quality Standards Act of 2011, 112th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Mar 02, 2011 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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  • 33% of users support S.458

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    • International Dairy Foods Association

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    • On August 18, 2011, by victorgalli - This bill seems to use it reduction in the somatic cell count to garner support (i.e., if there is less pus in the milk, then we would all be better for it). However, the calculation of the somatic cell count is altered by this bill from an arithmetic mean to a geometric one. This would allow the numbers of the somatic cell counts per heard to become artificially lower. I'm not sure why this calculation alteration is made, but it is questionable. For essentially no change in procedures, dairy producers can show that their numbers are lower than they actually are. I would also like to point out that the International Dairy Food Association is in support of this bill, and Ms. Gillibrand (according to the "Money Trail" section of this website) has received over $39000 from the "Milk & Dairy Producers." These flagrant conflicts of interest are concerning at best. The industry being regulated should never be a primary actor in developing its own regulations.

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      As noted by victorgalli, a user on OpenCongress.org, on August 18, 2011, "This bill seems to use it reduction in the somatic cell count to garner support (i.e., if there is less pus in the milk, then we would all be better for it). However, the calculation of the somatic cell count is altered by this bill from an arithmetic mean to a geometric one. This would allow the numbers of the somatic cell counts per heard to become artificially lower. I'm not sure why this calculation alteration is made, but it is questionable. For essentially no change in procedures, dairy producers can show that their numbers are lower than they actually are. I would also like to point out that the International Dairy Food Association is in support of this bill, and Ms. Gillibrand (according to the "Money Trail" section of this website) has received over $39000 from the "Milk & Dairy Producers." These flagrant conflicts of interest are concerning at best. The industry being regulated should never be a primary actor in developing its own regulations. "
    • On August 18, 2011, by victorgalli - Oh, and just to eliminate any potential confusion, the geometric mean of a set of numbers will ALWAYS be lower than the arithmetic mean (if all the numbers aren't the same, e.g., the set {5, 5, 5} will have equivalent geometric and arithmetic means).

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      As noted by victorgalli, a user on OpenCongress.org, on August 18, 2011, "Oh, and just to eliminate any potential confusion, the geometric mean of a set of numbers will ALWAYS be lower than the arithmetic mean (if all the numbers aren't the same, e.g., the set {5, 5, 5} will have equivalent geometric and arithmetic means). "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • S.458: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ... - March 01, 2011 by opencongress.org - Official government data, breaking news and blog coverage, public comments and user community for S.458 A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish and enforce a maximum somatic cell count ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 01, 2011, "Official government data, breaking news and blog coverage, public comments and user community for S.458 A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish and enforce a maximum somatic cell count ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s458/show)
    • S.458: Milk Quality Standards Act of 2011 - U.S. ... - OpenCongress - March 01, 2011 by opencongress.org - All Bill Titles. Short: Milk Quality Standards Act of 2011 as introduced. Official: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish and enforce a maximum somatic cell count requirement for fluid milk. as ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 01, 2011, "All Bill Titles. Short: Milk Quality Standards Act of 2011 as introduced. Official: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish and enforce a maximum somatic cell count requirement for fluid milk. as ..." (/url?q=http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s458/show&sa=U&ei=h_UKUN7jDaWO2QXx6Zko&ved=0CBsQmAEwAA&usg=AFQjCNHBjmkKnXZawXf33zGS09Djbj680w)
    • S.458: Milk Quality Standards Act of 2011 - U.S. ... - OpenCongress - March 01, 2011 by opencongress.org - All Bill Titles. Short: Milk Quality Standards Act of 2011 as introduced. Official: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish and enforce a maximum somatic cell count requirement for fluid milk. as ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 01, 2011, "All Bill Titles. Short: Milk Quality Standards Act of 2011 as introduced. Official: A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish and enforce a maximum somatic cell count requirement for fluid milk. as ..." (/url?q=http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s458/show&sa=U&ei=pf0IUPDpFYLi2QWqt63NBw&ved=0CBsQmAEwAA&usg=AFQjCNEPTwWy-QOLcTPapjSjEqX3MnsORg)

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    • Credit Suisse (Eur) Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - Xstrata Plc - July 30, 2012 by Bloomberg - Credit Suisse (Eur) - Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - Xstrata Plc RNS Number : 8011I Credit Suisse Securities (Eur) Ltd 30 July 2012    FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI)   PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER ...

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      As noted by Bloomberg on July 30, 2012, "Credit Suisse (Eur) - Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - Xstrata Plc RNS Number : 8011I Credit Suisse Securities (Eur) Ltd 30 July 2012    FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI)   PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER ..." (http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2012-07-30/aHHE3nO4_yto.html)
    • Many Hernando County school grades drop with rest of the state - July 11, 2012 by St. Petersburg Times - A year ago, the numbers were 1,481 A's, 458 B's, 460 C's, 117 D's and 31 F's. Looking at it another way, that's a 24 percent decrease in A schools and a doubling of D schools, with nearly a 50 percent increase in B schools. Blavatt said he was ...

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      As noted by St. Petersburg Times on July 11, 2012, "A year ago, the numbers were 1,481 A's, 458 B's, 460 C's, 117 D's and 31 F's. Looking at it another way, that's a 24 percent decrease in A schools and a doubling of D schools, with nearly a 50 percent increase in B schools. Blavatt said he was ..." (http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/many-hernando-county-school-grades-drop-with-rest-of-the-state/1239855)
    • Hernando County school grades drop with rest of the state - July 11, 2012 by St. Petersburg Times - A year ago, the numbers were 1,481 A's, 458 B's, 460 C's, 117 D's and 31 F's. Looking at it another way, that's a 24 percent decrease in A schools, and a doubling of D schools, with nearly a 50 percent increase in B schools. Blavatt said he was ...

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      As noted by St. Petersburg Times on July 11, 2012, "A year ago, the numbers were 1,481 A's, 458 B's, 460 C's, 117 D's and 31 F's. Looking at it another way, that's a 24 percent decrease in A schools, and a doubling of D schools, with nearly a 50 percent increase in B schools. Blavatt said he was ..." (http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/hernando-county-school-grades-drop-with-rest-of-the-state/1239855)
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