Food Contaminants And Its Effects On The Minds Of The American Population

763 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 4 Pages
Food Contaminants Over the past few years, concerns about food contamination have surfaced in the minds of the American population. Food contaminants and their subsequent health effects have been documented plaguing humanity since the Roman Empire. The public needs to be educated about food contaminants, their effect on the body, and the need for regulation. The term ‘food contaminant’ is broad and covers many different substances and sources. Common contaminants include bacteria, chemicals, and environmental contaminants, such as lead or arsenic. Chemicals and hormones used in the production of goods also threatens food safety (“Environmental Contaminants and Food Safety” 1). Although some foods do contain natural toxins, many of these contaminants do not occur in nature. Pesticides are one of the most frequently found contaminants in food products, and can be found in foods well after they are washed and processed. Fruits, vegetables, and even herbal supplements are monitored by the FDA for fungicides like cabendazim. Another frequently reported concern is bacteria in meat and produce. Pathogenic bacteria like salmonella and listeria reside on fruit and eggs. Salmonella has six subspecies and is of the greatest public health concern (“The Bad Bug Book: Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins Handbook” 9). Listeria is one of the leading causes of death from foodborne illness although the number of people infected is small. Natural toxins are also of…

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