Food Safety

By Louise Davis,2014-08-06 19:33
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Food Safety

    The Safety of Food Despite the decline in the number of cases related to fake foods and foods of poor quality, problems remain serious in the market. Food born diseases remain responsible for high levels of sickness and mortality in the general population,particularly for at risk groups, such as infants, young children, and the elderly. The most notorious case involved low quality milk powder in Fuyang, in east China’s Anhui Province, which caused the death of a dozen babies. In my personal opinion, I think the responsibility goes for the most part to the food producers especially those who fail to meet safety standards. In order to sell more products, some food producers may even intentionally use various chemicals, such as pesticides, animal drugs etc. during manufacturing and processing just to make food look or taste good without taking people’s life into consideration. As we all know, food additives and contaminants can adversely affect health. In this regard, in order to reduce the incidence and economic consequences of important to drastically increase penalties on those who neglect food safety statutes. After all, the Food Safety Department in our country should educate consumers about the risks presented in food and the safe food handling behaviors that can help minimize those risks. Nevertheless, it is our own awareness of good life style and hygiene habit that a healthy life relies on

    Unsafe food causes many acute and life-long diseases, ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to various forms of cancer. WHO estimates that foodborne and waterborne diarrhoeal diseases taken together kill about 2.2 million people annually, 1.9 million of them children.

    Foodborne diseases and threats to food safety constitute a growing public health problem and WHO's mission is to assist Member States to strengthen their programmes for improving the safety of food all the way from production to final consumption.

    In May 2010 the World Health Assembly approved a new resolution on food safety: Advancing food safety initiatives (WHA63.3). This resolution will be used to update the current WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety.

    It is universally acknowledged that the safety of food is closely related to our health.However,at the begining of the year 2008,the low-quality milk products by SANLU Company killed many babies.Therefore,it is high time that we paid attention to this grave issue.There are several reasons for this several problem.First and foremost,some products,to huge profits,make

    fake commodities or products of poor quality.In addition,the monitor role of laws and regulations has not been implemented in a strict way.Last but not least the public especially customers from poor families,are not alert enough to the safety of food.In view of the graveness of the problem,effective measures must be taken before things get worse.Firstly,it is imperative that relevant laws and regulation should be enforced in a stringent way.Secondly,the public should be trained to be alert to food quality.Only by taking these actions can the problem be tackled successfully in the nearest future.

    Food is any substance, usually composed primarily of carbohydrates, fats, water and/or proteins, that can be eaten or drunk by an animal or human for nutrition or pleasure. Items considered food may be sourced from plants, animals or other categories such as fungus or fermented products like alcohol. Although many human cultures sought food items through hunting and gathering, today most cultures use farming, ranching, and fishing, with hunting, foraging and other methods of a local nature included but playing a minor role.

    Most traditions have a recognizable cuisine, a specific set of cooking traditions, preferences, and practices, the study of which is known as gastronomy. Many cultures have diversified their foods by means of preparation, cooking methods and manufacturing. This also includes a complex food trade which helps the cultures to economically survive by-way-of food, not just by consumption.

    Many cultures study the dietary analysis of food habits. While humans are omnivores, religion and social constructs such as morality often affect which foods they will consume. Food safety is also a concern with foodborne illness claiming many lives each year. In many languages, food is often used metaphorically or figuratively, as in "food for thought".

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