Report Showing ‘Riskiest’ Foods Draws Industry Ire

October 6, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A new list of ‘risky’ foods has been released by The Center for Science in the Public Interest, and some of the names may surprise you.

The list is to show which foods are more prone to outbreaks of dangerous food-born illnesses, and include tuna, leafy greens, oysters, ice cream, cheese, tomatoes, berries, eggs, potatoes, and sprouts.

The study pointed to lax regulations and policies being ignored for the many cases of food poisoning each year. The study stated:

“Millions of consumers are being made ill, hundreds of thousands hospitalized and thousands are dying each year from preventable foodborne illnesses. Unfortunately, the FDA is saddled with outdated laws, and lacks the authority, tools and resources to fight unsafe food.”

Of all of the foods on the list, it is leafy greens that pose the most risks. There have been over 360 outbreaks in just 20 years, leading to over 13,500 reported deaths.

“Leafy greens are a healthy home run, but unfortunately they’re associated with food-borne illness,” an attorney assisting in the study was quoted as saying.

Associations representing farmers have criticized the report, saying that is scares consumers away from healthy foods that are a staple to many families in rural areas.

“Farmers are consumers, too,” Paul Simonds, the spokesperson for the Western Growers Association, said.

“They eat the fresh produce they grow as do the members of their families, and have invested millions of dollars enhancing food safety practices in the last few years.

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One Response to “Report Showing ‘Riskiest’ Foods Draws Industry Ire”

  1. hsr0601 on October 7th, 2009 4:39 am

    Obesity & Magic Pill:

    I personally recognize that wheat is a far better diet than meat on the ground it normally exits body with ease and rapidity, and we are well aware that our heath depends upon smooth metabolism and blood stream associated with the immune system and how important our daily workout is, as well.

    I still think the critical conditions mostly come from breach of our immune system, and the food that stays long in the body is more likely to become a source where germs, bacterias, viruses and the like multiply.
    Sounds outlandish, but wheat might be a principal “clean and healthy” food that has led western society to the most decent culture of all.

    Disadvantages of meat consumption :

    1. The food that stays long in the body looks more likely to become a source where germs, bacterias and the like multiply, which even gives birth to critical conditions involving prostate cancer.

    2. The consumption of meat proved lethal as earlier this year, the expansive, long-term release concluded about a third of more than 500,000 Americans aged 50-70 with this behavior tends to wind up with premature fatality caused by cancer, hypertension and more.

    3. The in-take of pork raises risks of catching swine flue and its mutation, costing around the initially estimated $2trillion dollars word-wide and endangering recovery,

    (( Genes included in the new swine flu have been circulating undetected in pigs for at least a decade, according to researchers who have sequenced the genomes of more than 50 samples of the virus. The findings suggest that in the future, pig populations will need to be monitored more closely for emerging influenza viruses, reported a team led by Rebecca Garten of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report released by the journal Science.))

    Still, media downplay this fact out of small thinking to protect meat industry.

    4. All but media influenced by meat industry blame calorie for overweight or obesity rather than fat, I still think Fat equals Fat by definition and common sense.

    5. Hot dogs are often associated with food-borne illness. Though other food items carry listeria , FDA (Food and Drug Administration) studies have shown a high level of the harmful bacteria on hot dogs, processed meat and ready-to-eat meat products. And consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer

    The class-action consumer fraud lawsuit underway in New Jersey is based on a report from the American Institute for Cancer Research.

    Its findings included this fact: Consuming one 50-gram serving of processed meat (about the amount in one hot dog) every day increases the risk of colorectal cancer, on average, by 21 percent.

    Nitrites, used to keep hot dogs fresh, are the main culprit, according to the suit.

    While nitrites are commonly found in many green vegetables, especially spinach, celery and green lettuce, the consumption of vegetables appears to be effective in reducing the risk of cancer. Because these vegetables also contain Vitamin C and D, which serve to inhibit the formation of carcinogenic compounds, they actually reduce your cancer risk.

    6. Two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, which branch into so many different kinds of diseases, excess body fat increases risk for numerous cancers, costing up to $147 billion a year.

    7. America needs to put focus on a sustainable energy industry to become a lead exporter, in place of a fast food business where the overall loss outstrips gain more than known, from my stance.

    Provided the average temperature is getting higher, accordingly all forms of germs, bacterias, viruses, and influenza etc are more likely to multiply.

    Some skeptics say the warning against hazards of climate change is overstated, but judging from more frequent and widespread outbreaks of e. coli, salmonella, and bird, swine flu cases endangering human lives and economic recovery seriously, some prompt measures need to be taken, I guess.
    Also, Breathing toxic chemicals in the outdoor air exposes all Americans to a lifetime cancer risk at least 10 times greater than the level considered acceptable under federal law, shows new data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Thank You !

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