Following is a list of Food Safey resources from the International Food Information Council Foundation.
Food animal production is an important part of agriculture. It includes beef, dairy, poultry, and pork. Advances in animal breeding, genetics, and health have increased the quality, safety and quantity of animal protein available to consumers, an important source of protein in the human diet.
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.
The United States provides one of the safest food supplies in the world. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the food, beverage and agricultural industries working together, our food supply is becoming even safer. However, despite all of these safety factors, microorganisms may still exist at levels that present risks to consumers.
Birds, like people, can have the flu. Avian influenza or bird flu was first identified over 100 years ago during an outbreak in Italy. Over the years, the disease has appeared from time to time in regions all over the world including the United States. Avian influenza spreads easily among wild birds, but it can also infect domesticated birds including chickens, turkeys and ducks. Left untreated, avian influenza can devastate an entire flock of chickens.
Here in the U.S. we enjoy one of the safest, abundant and affordable food supplies in the world. Our food safety system is designed to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone. However, we do experience unfortunate incidences where food enters our food supply that is somehow contaminated and unsafe for sale or consumption.
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.
Dr. David R. Lineback discusses the safety of acrylamide and why you shouldn't be worried about it (especially if you take the proper precautions).
Arsenic is one of many naturally occurring elements in the air, water, rocks and soil. This means that it is common for a variety of foods and beverages to naturally contain trace amounts of arsenic that are not harmful to consumers. Ongoing monitoring of our food supply indicates there is no reason to be alarmed about arsenic in the consumable products that you enjoy. Want to know more? Please reference our resources below for more information.
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.
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