Tag Archives: food safety

Researches have found a “striking” new side effect from eating fast food. – Manuela Mejia

Today I read an article from The Washington Post. It discusses how the rise of processed food that we put into our bodies has coincided with an alarming growth in the size of our collective gut. In addition, the George Washington University has done a research that links fast-food consumption to the presence of harmful chemicals. The research states that people who eat fast-food often have higher levels of phthalates. This would eventually lead to increased rates of infertility, especially among males.

You can find out more on this topic here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/15/researchers-have-found-an-alarming-new-side-effect-from-eating-fast-food/

Question: How many times a week do you typically eat fast food? Do you feel that it affects you in a certain way?

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Company recalls frozen broccoli cuts sold in 11 states – Manuela Mejia

I read an article in CNN that a company is voluntarily recalling frozen broccoli cuts sold in 11 states over fears of Listeria contamination.

Listeria is an infection that causes serious (and sometimes even fatal) infections in children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

You can find more about the conflict here:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/02/health/recall-frozen-broccoli-cuts/index.html

Do you know anything else about Listeria? Have you heard of it before?

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GMO labels make sense (CNN) – Manuela Mejia

I recently stumbled upon a CNN article that discussed the significance of GMOs in today’s society. They explain how everyone deserves to know what’s in their food so they can make informed decisions about what to feed themselves and their families. Some companies, nevertheless, think consumers don’t have a right to know what’s in their food when it comes to genetically modified organisms.

You can find out more about the article here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/25/opinions/tellado-gmo-labeling/index.html

Do you support mandatory GMO labeling? Why?

Mercury in Fish Study to Strengthen Government Guidelines

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/16/health/mercury-fish-women-study/index.html

A study by nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that the 2014 draft recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the varieties of low-mercury fish that pregnant women can and/or should. The draft suggested that pregnant women could eat 8 to 12 ounces (or 2 to 3 servings) of low-mercury fish, such as salmon, tilapia, and cod per week. However, EWG just released a report stating that 254 women of childbearing age from 40 states were reportedly eating “as much or slightly more fish than the government recommendations over a period of two months.” Exposure to mercury during pregnancy would negatively affect the fetus’s developing brain and nervous system that could end up causing lifelong deficits in learning, memory and reaction times.

 

Should the government revise the draft guideline? And should the doctors also be specifically informed about what types of fish (especially those with potential higher mercury exposure like tuna) that pregnant women can and/or should eat?

Mislabeled Food Leads to Allergy Risk

 

By Breanna Bellatti

A popular Starbucks pre-packaged food wrap, the Edamame Hummus Wraps, were mislabeled for allergies, as they might contain pieces of Thai Style Chicken Peanut Wraps. This means the Edamame Hummus Wraps might contain peanuts, despite their lack of peanut-allergen labelling. The products that are affected by this mislabelled were assembled on 16 February 2016 and expired three days later, so they should no longer be in Starbucks cafes.

However, despite the danger being gone, this sort of mislabelling raises the question: If you have food allergies, how can you be sure you’re safe when eating food made by others?