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Food Safety Between the Customer and Food Industry

In # 8: Food safety: who is responsible? by JennaLeave a Comment

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair shows how negligent procedures harm the food supply. The modern meat industry has improved the handling and processing of raw products since the early 1900s. However, while there has been massive strides in implementing safety precautions in the food industry, there continues to be outbreaks of foodborne illness. Food is handled by multiple sets of hands before it reaches the consumer. A company has to be aware of the condition of the food each step on its way to the plate. According the Food and Drug Administration website, “The responsibility of providing safe food to the consumer is shared by many people in every stage in the production of food, including consumers, themselves”. Both the food industry and the consumer share the responsibility of food safety. A food company needs to maintain sanitation when handling raw products. The industry needs to enforce sanitary conditions for the equipment, workers, transportation, ect. The company has a primary responsibility to preserve food. There are physical, biological, and chemical threats to the food supply. The industry needs to control …

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Some companies need to Ketchup to Heinz

In # 6: Sustainability by Jenna1 Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainability as the ‘maintenance of the environment under which humans can support present and future generations’. As the world population steadily approaches 8 billion people, sustainability and conservation need to be utilized in food production. It is important for the food industry to efficiently use resources for environmental protection and to combat scarcity. Food companies recognize the importance of efficiency in food production and have started to adapt sustainability programs. Heinz is an example of a food company that has adapted a sustainable program which encompasses sustainable agriculture and environment protection policies. The sustainability mission statement for Heinz is “dedicate[ion] to the sustainable health of people, the planet, and [the] Company”.  They aim to develop sustainability not only within the company but also across other businesses and countries around the world. Part of their 9 established goals is to reduce all the following in their production: greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, water consumption, solid waste, packaging material, and transportation fossil fuel emission. The rest of the goals are comprised of increasing use of renewable energy …

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Is it Too Early in the Relationship to Put a Label on it?

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by Jenna1 Comment

In 1960 President Kennedy introduced the Consumer Bill of Rights. He stated the rights consumers should have in the marketplace, one of them being “the right to be informed”. Under this right is the protection against fraudulent and misleading information, and to be given facts in order to make informed choices. In today’s market, the recent labels for food products has grown in diversity, and on the front of packages there are multiple labels informing the consumer. People have a right to know what is in their food, and the ever growing food labels should include GMOs. A 2015 Poll conducted by ABC news showed 93 percent of Americans agreed that GMOs should be labeled on food products. This is parallel to a 2013 poll done by the New York Times where the same result was found: 93 percent of Americans called for products made with GMOs to require a label. There is a consistent public consensus for GMO labeling on foods, and withholding that information can conduct mistrust between the consumer and the producer. In the Scientific American article, …

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To Buy or Not to Buy Organic Food

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Jenna1 Comment

The organic sector of the food market has been magnified in the public eye over the last two decades. It is growing at such a fast rate that it was only a small fraction of the food industry in one generation, and today it is the most profitable section in the food market. Even in my lifetime, I don’t remember my parents buying anything except conventional food as a child, but as an adult something organic is always in our house. The organic market has grown from individual products to whole stores dedicated to organic foods. I visited Whole Foods Market to gain more insight on the organic food market compared to the conventional food market.                 One of the major differences in conventional and organic products was the labeling and display. At Whole Foods, the organic products stand out because they have their own designated section. In the produce section of Whole Foods, the organic label was outlined in a green box which makes it the first word that catches the eye. The products lining the aisles had “organic” in large …

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So Many Choices, so Little Time, and Money

In # 1: You are what you eat by Jenna1 Comment

One of the earliest memories I have as a child is eating a Gusher fruit flavored snack. My sister handed me the slimy foreign object and I was apprehensive to eat it. I trusted her because she was older, and therefore wiser, so I popped it into my mouth. The experience was so exhilarating it has been stored in my brain ever since. The sensation was like biting into a soft gummy and then all of a sudden juice explodes out like a zit being popped. From then on, food innovations have amazed me. I continue to discover and be intrigued by the wide diversity of new processed foods that are available. Eating whole and unprocessed foods, such as fruits and vegetables, is an important part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, I did not follow this aspect of healthy eating in my early years because processed foods captured too much of my attention. Before I could even ride a bike, I discovered another incredible processed food which was cheese in a can. The spreadable cheese was astounding because it took …

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