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Raise Budget to Support Food Safety Research

In # 8: Food safety: who is responsible? by Danyan0 Comments

Dear Editor, According to the present circumstances, the most important issue in food science and technology is food safety. Although the United States Department of Agriculture invests funding in supporting food safety research, food safety problem still a common phenomenon and serious public health concern in our society nowadays. If we want to improve the situation, inevitably, the government should pay more attention to food safety and the USDA food safety research budget should be increased. Based on the data we received, it is estimated that more than 33 million people suffered foodborne illness each year in the United States. However, not only that, more than 9000 people’s lives had been taken away by foodborne illness every year. (University of Rhode Island Food Safety Education, 2017) Along with this line of consideration, it also consumed amounts of capital in lost wage, insurance claims, and medical bills. Furthermore, the event of food recalls is frequently happening in recent years. Given the facts as mentioned above, it shows that food safety is facing severe challenges and should be noteworthy by the government. …

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The Bar of Gut Health Claim Should Remain High or Not?

In # 7: Gut health by Danyan0 Comments

In the current age, the benefits of probiotics and prebiotics for gut health are being hotly debated. Since this is a favorite topic, we are encouraged to think broadly and to state our views or opinions on this subject. Thus, the issue of health claims for probiotic products is also highly controversial in America and Europe. Some experts suggested that the standard for a gut health claim should be relaxed by regulatory agencies because the bar is too high at present. However, the other insisted that government should use strict scientific standards to prove health benefits of probiotics and look out for ordinary consumers. From my perspective, I think the criteria for a gut health claim should remain high to serve the consumer’s interest best. When we walk in the market, we can realize the probiotic products are not limited to dairy foods such as yogurts or ice cream at present. Along with the fever of consuming probiotic, probiotic products extend to every kind of food product including fruit-based beverages, nutrition bars, breakfast cereal, snacks, etc. Based on the data …

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GMO Labeling or Not?

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Danyan0 Comments

In recent years, the issue of genetically modified food (GMO) labeling is highly controversial in America. Whether a food company should be label the food ingredients that have been genetically modified clearly on the package, or whether it is not necessary to give out this information to consumers. The argument between each side sticks to their views based on various reasons. However, in my opinion, a label is required for genetically modified food (GMO) and should be approved by Food and Drug Administration or other authority. In general, most people’s prevailing perception of genetically modified food (GMO) is always closely associated with safety and health. For this reason, some food companies claim that GMO food labeling is not necessary because genetically engineered foods have not been proved unsafe. Indeed, based on the studies we did, there is no scientific evidence prove that genetically modified food (GMO) have any adverse effect on human bodies up to now. Nonetheless, consumers have right to know what they are wat. “According to the Center for food safety, genetically modified ingredients are contained within an …

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Water Stewardship: Coca-Cola

In # 5: Sustainability by Danyan0 Comments

Nowadays, the natural resources such as land, water, forest, and the atmosphere that we rely on for survival in the world are increasingly scarce. Inevitably, sustainable development becomes a noteworthy topic in recent years. Not only governments but many food companies as well are work together and try to overcome the problem we faced. As we described in class, some food companies include Hershey, General Mills, Nestle, Kraft, and ConAgra established some sustainable developing programs based on the types of products they produced. These programs are playing an important role in confronting issues such as climate change and resource scarcity. Coca-Cola as the largest global beverage supplier, water is one of the ingredients which account for the largest proportion of their products. Thus, the sustainability of the water sources and the quality of the water are the subjects that they much care. In 2016, the goal of Coca-Cola’s water stewardship project is to continue “replenishing 100 percent of the water used in their finished beverages back to communities and nature.” (Coca-Cola Journey, 2017) In reality, in 2015, Coca-Cola had already …

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The Relationship Between Food Allergies and The Entire Dietary Habit

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Danyan1 Comment

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it shows that more than 50 million Americans have some food allergies problems for one or more kinds of specific foods. Food plagues about four percent of adults in the long term. However, food allergy symptoms are not only common in adults, but also for babies and children. In reality, food allergies are estimated to affect four to six percent of babies and children. Based on the data as mentioned above, food allergy is a subject which can not be ignored. Research for now considers there are eight types of food account for almost ninety percent of food allergies including eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Some symptoms of an allergic reaction may involve the shortness of breath, wheezing, weak pulse, vomiting, and so on. But more importantly, sometimes, an allergic reaction is a life-threatening illness. (American College of Allergy, Asthma,& Immunology) Recently, I read an article called “Babies that eat fresh foods instead of processed foods have fewer allergies.” In the article, it pointed out an …

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Organic Food Market

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Danyan1 Comment

In the second year of my university life, I decided to move out student dormitory and canceled my meal plan which means I need to prepare three meals a day by myself. Inevitably, going to the supermarket weekly becomes a part of my life. Taking the advantage, of this assignment, I went to the Whole Food market in last weekend. This was my first time visiting Lincoln’s Whole Food market. One of the selling points for Whole Food which attracts me is that they are only providing “natural” products without artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives. I remembered since I walked in the Whole Food market, whether its large green logo or its interior decoration was revealing that their products are healthy and natural. I noted that there were many raw, fresh, and processed products with USDA seal on the shelves. This organic labeling certified by USDA is used only for “100 percent organic” and “organic” products. When I walked past several aisles, I aware that Whole Food provides a lot of organic food within a broad range of issue. …

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Diet and Healthy

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion by Danyan0 Comments

During 19th century, obese adults were no more than 15 percent of the population in the United States. By 2010, most of states had obesity rates at least 25 percent. Nowadays, based on the data, almost one out of three people have a problem with obesity. Of even greater concern is the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and teenagers is increasing rapidly. Another alarming trend is that youth are getting overweight and obese at younger ages. (Harvard School of Public Health, 2012) Obviously, obesity epidemic results from dietary behaviors such as eating a large amount of junk food, fast food, and other unhealthy food in daily life. The problem of obesity epidemic should be noteworthy by society and government. If I am appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Food and Health, I have three suggestions to deal with the obesity food issue. First, for high calorie and unhealthy food, manufacturers must clearly label the ingredients which have risks of being overweight or obesity on the package to remind customers before purchase. This gentle hint will give customers …

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Food Desert

In # 1: You are what you eat, Assigned Posts by Danyan0 Comments

           In the current age, there are variety factors playing an non negligible and irreplaceable role in our eating behaviors. Inevitably, different cultures, religions, regions, incomes, sexs, and ages influence what we eat insensibly. Indeed, the statement of “you are what you eat” is popularized for a reason. However, in my opinion, it is not an absolute truth. Several weeks ago, I read an article about Food Desert which shocked me.          Food Desert is used to describe an area that lack fresh vegetables. Based on its geographical condition and city construction, most food suppliers and manufacturers are hard to transport these food products to that area. As time goes on, the problem of food supply is gradually increasing. This directly causes the shortage of fresh vegetables, fruits, and other healthy food for resident’s daily life. Therefore, in that case, consuming ready-to-eat food or processed food becomes the best choice and a common phenomenon in the Food Desert. However, most processed food will result in lackness of nutrition which is extremely important and necessary for human body. In addition, the fact …