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With growing concerns about food safety due to the increase in food borne illness such as Salmonella poisoning , it is important to make informed decisions as a consumer. Food regulations and standards are part of the equation that ensures the food we bring home to our families are safe, clean and healthy. Which is why I would like to talk about how these regulations affect us. Will they make our food safer and yet not restrict our food choice options?

Firstly, when dealing with food safety many people focus on location or origin where the food that they are feeding their families are grown. Some of them are labeled with country, region, or growth process, others are not. In addition to food safety concerns, finding more sustainable and eco-friendly food options are also becoming more important as we move toward a more preserving and less conserving mentality. In some cases, many believe that home grown organic produce, or local produce from farmers markets are both safer and healthier options to GM-Genetically Modified-food or the other options in supermarkets around the country. Will regulated food be safer? How will regulations affect small farms, home gardeners, middle America? ...

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1 comment:

Scott said...

Kristina: your point about food safety concerns and decisions is timely. Given the complexities of the food supply chain (whether organic or not) there are going to be instances of contamination no matter how many regulations we have in place. Consumers have to protect themselves -- due diligence is the key.

One way to do this is to have the right information tools. As it so happens Agorasys has a solution specifically targeted at consumers to help them find recalled food items. Agorasys designed an application for mobile phones that allows a consumer to scan a barcode and determine if the item scanned has been recalled by the FDA. The application is called RecallCheck, and you can see details at The application is convenient, fast, easy to use, and very inexpensive ($5).

Best Wishes,
Scott Charles
PlumbBob Research

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