Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: How Unsafe Is Our Food?

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: How Unsafe Is Our Food?

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: 1442238399

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Food safety has fast become one of the nation’s top issues. Three thousand people die each year in the U.S. from foodborne illnesses. Another 48 million are sickened annually and our government fails to protect us. Many foods and additives that we eat every day have been banned for years in other countries. Our government food safety agencies move in reverse--cutting back on inspections, allowing food producers to inspect themselves, and permitting the vast majority of potentially adulterated foods to enter this country without benefit of any testing or inspection.

How, in a country so advanced in most areas, could we have descended to this alarming state of food safety? One answer: Budget cuts and bureaucrats. Eat, Drink, and Be Wary examines the multitude of dangers in food production, transportation, storing, and preparation that result in this shocking number of preventable illnesses and deaths. It takes a broad and detailed look, in all food groups, at the problems and potential solutions in food safety practices, inspections, and enforcements.

This book answers the questions and concerns of millions of Americans who have reached new levels of serious doubts about the safety of our food. Charles Duncan points readers to the dangers to look for in deli foods, raw milk, seafood, poultry, eggs, beef, and others. For consumers who care about the food they eat, this book details the dangers, offers direction for choosing safe foods, and provides a critique of our current system that suggests ways it can be fixed, or at least improved.

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again. Health officials, perhaps jumping the gun a bit, created a “runny egg rule” in 1992 banning the practice of serving dishes with raw or undercooked eggs. The rule did not set well with then Governor Jim Florio of New Jersey, who staged a media event at a diner where he defiantly ordered eggs over easy as TV cameras rolled. 5 And more than a few eyes rolled at news of the “runny egg rule.” Even late-night comedian Johnny Carson used the event for some of his routines. The responsibility of

antibiotics. 27 In 2010, a petition to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg calling for a dairy industry ban of rBGH was rejected, and the FDA continued its unpopular position that rBGH-treated milk is no different than milk from untreated cows. 28 What to do now? Look for products labeled “rBGH-free.” Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Israel, and the 28 European Union countries banned rBGH because of the dangerous impacts on both human and animal health. Potassium Bromate in Wraps, Rolls,

investigators found during their latest review of the FDA’s GRAS program: The FDA’s oversight process does not help ensure the safety of all new GRAS determinations. The FDA only reviews those GRAS determinations that companies submit to the agency’s voluntary notification program—the agency generally does not have information about other GRAS determinations companies have made because companies are not required to inform the FDA of them. Furthermore, the FDA has not taken certain steps that

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