Poll Reveals Americans’ Food Safety Concerns
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Submitted by Editor on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 12:01pm.
From organic fish to synthetic growth hormones in dairy production, Americans have some big concerns about our food supply, according to a November 2008 Consumer Reports food-labeling poll. Here’s a snapshot of what consumers said, plus a look at the realities of each issue.
The reality: Despite Americans’ concerns, the National Organic Standards Board passed a recommendation in November 2008 that would allow fish to be fed non-organic fishmeal, which can be contaminated with mercury and PCBs. The recommendation would also allow open-net cages to be used, which can flush pollution, disease, and parasites directly into the ocean.
The reality: While several states have proposed banning the phrase “no
artificial growth hormones” in dairy products, for now, you can easily find
dairy products produced without the hormones, which are often labeled as “rbGH-free” or “rbST-free”, at
your local grocer or farmers’ market. Safety-wise, the Food and Drug
Administration has ruled that use of bovine growth hormones is safe. But most
industrialized nations, including
The reality: Currently, there is no requirement to label genetically
engineered or cloned animal products in the
Mad Cow Disease
The reality: Currently, meat products sold in the
FDA Inspection of
The reality: Currently, the FDA inspects domestic food production
facilities once every 5 to 10 years, and inspects foreign facilities even
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