U.S. food safety issues and warnings are published regularly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, new discoveries are, also, published quickly by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most of us are unaware of some of the more prevalent food concerns, that we should know about. Recent consumer polls about food warnings have indicated surprising results. Be sure to read the following recall information and pass it on to your social media friends and family.
Being Unaware of Important Information
Recent consumer polls have indicated surprising results that include the following:
- Reading through important CDC and FDA information has become a necessity in today’s international food community.
- The FDA is responsible for overseeing our food supply. This agency checks product standards in our grocery stores and in food processing plants. Shipping and refrigeration rules need to be followed, to name two of the more important regulatory standards for our U.S. food supply.
- Our produce that is displayed on local grocery shelves has passed through many tests, before it comes to all local stores. Inspectors from the FDA, and sometimes from the CDC, have gone over the processing systems of our foods.
- Dairy products and eggs are important staples in our everyday meals. The foods that we purchase at our neighborhood stores or that we order at our local restaurants need to be packaged or served, using modern preparation methods, for example.
- Seafood is another type of food that is heavily regulated. Our ground beef, chicken and other poultry products need to be processed, using modern preparation standards.
- Packaged foods, such as peanut butter and cookie dough, are processed and packaged with specific packaging methods. Peanut butter jars need to be sealed at the top, before they are sent out to your local grocery stores, for example. Certain contaminants can not be in a final store product, and the peanuts used need to be of a specific age and type for inclusion.
- Being unaware of recent and important food recalls or, specifically, recent foodborne contaminants, is placing yourself in an unhealthy position.
Notices to Keep Up With
Keeping up with the latest food recall notices can take some time. Reading through the latest foodborne illnesses listed, or noting which foods have been recalled is easier today, however. The Internet provides fast and immediate notification of most foodborne contaminants on the CDC and FDA websites. A quick website visit can keep you up to date. The following food safety advisories have been important to your health and safety:
- You may have some or little confidence in the ability of the CDC or FDA to find the food contaminants that endanger your food supply. Polls have been conducted with the U.S. population, and surprising opinion results have been found. Some U.S. consumers have a fair amount of confidence in these two government agencies, and other U.S. consumers reported no confidence.
- There are updated test results that can be followed from the FDA and CDC. You can supplement these regular food contaminant reports with those from other private food safety groups. The private groups that you select to follow are, usually, found by each concerned food consumer. These groups can be selected, based on the region of the country where you live, for example.
- Consumer awareness of foodborne illnesses and food contaminants is where to start. Each of us is responsible for following the right information, that concerns the types of foods that we eat.
Food Outbreaks and Recalls to Follow
Some registered food distributors and processors publish their own food recalls. These recalls can be found in your local newspapers or online, in your local news publications. There have been important food recalls, and we all need to be aware of these, including the following:
- Leafy greens have been involved in 363 outbreaks and over 13,000 reported cases of illnesses. The majority of the outbreaks reported for leafy greens have been linked to a novovirus, that is spread through unwashed hands. Be sure to read the food safety grade that your local restaurant has earned. E. coli and salmonella have been associated with unwashed greens, sprouts, tomatoes and berries. Thoroughly washing all of your leafy greens at home and washing other foods thoroughly, before you eat them, can help to avoid all contaminants.
- Eggs were involved in 352 outbreaks and over 11,000 reported cases of illnesses. New regulations have helped the egg industry. New regulations have included new standards for cleaning and inspecting eggs, that are offered to the general public for consumption. Salmonella was found in the egg products, before any shells were formed.
- Tuna, oysters and ground beef products have had their own problems with outbreaks and related cases of illnesses.
- Cheese and ice cream recalls have been involved in foodborne outbreaks, and significant illnesses were reported.