Antibiotics are used in animals for the same reason as for people: to treat and control diseases. Protecting the health of animals helps to protect human health. About 60% of diseases that impact humans come from animals, so the link between animal health and human health is strong. Maintaining health among both populations is critical, according leading health organizations worldwide, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Herbert "Skeet" Muncie on research looking into whether caffeine is addictive.
Processing aids are substances that are approved by both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). They are used in the production of a variety of foods – meat, poultry, produce, etc., and are not present in any significant amount in the finished product.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million Americans have food allergies. That means about one in every 25 Americans has a food allergy, and that number increases in children under the age of three, when it is about one in every 17 infants. The CDC also notes that the prevalence of food allergies appears to be on the rise.
See below for resources for everyone from health professionals to the concern public to understand more about food allergies.
A resource for media professionals containing expert information about Animal Antibiotics. It also includes links to additional resources.
Dietary acrylamide is a naturally forming compound that is present in a wide variety of foods; however, it is not added to food as an ingredient. It occurs naturally during the normal cooking process of many starch–rich foods.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic or epoxy resins. These resins are used in some food packaging materials, such as the lining inside metal-based food and beverage cans, coatings on metal closures / lids for glass jars, reusable plastic containers for food and beverages and tableware.
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To celebrate National Nutrition Month and the theme, "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," the IFIC Foundation filmed our very own taste test challenge. Take a look, think you would have passed?