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As others see it: Bachmann's at it again

First-term U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota's 6th Congressional District speaks at a John McCain rally.

Sixth District congresswoman Michele Bachmann has routinely used criticism of the overburden of government regulation in an effort to rebuild her withering presidential hopes.

While touring a Des Moines meat plant recently, Bachmann strolled through the carcass cooler and irresponsibly labeled federal meat-safety requirements as "overkill" and "more regulation than this business has ever had before."

Once again, Bachmann engaged her mouth before thinking about what she was saying.

In addition, her criticism of federal food safety requirements could not have been worse from a political perspective. One needs only to look at news stories over the past month. ...

Cargill announced during August and September a voluntary recall of about 36 million pounds of ground turkey products due to possible contamination of salmonella.

K. Heeps Inc. recalled in early September about 5,500 pounds of pork product -- Imperial Sysco "Puree Shaped Meats Country Style Pork and Binder Product -- due to small metal fragments in the product.

Tyson Foods recalled Tuesday about 130,000 pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination, which caused at least four children in Ohio to fall ill.

A San Diego-based fruit and vegetable shipper Thursday recalled a lot of organic grape tomatoes due to possible contamination by salmonella.

A California lettuce grower Thursday recalled 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine lettuce shipped to wholesale food services in 19 states and Canada due to possible listeria monocytogenes. This is the same bacteria that caused deaths in the tainted cantaloupes. ...