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Safety is free from danger or the risk of harm. The state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions. A device or service designed to prevent injury or accidents. Symptoms

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Food Safety High Five
The FDA inspects less than 2 percent of our seafood imports, while the European Union inspects 20 to 50 percent of theirs. Since 90 percent of our seafood comes from other countries, banned drug residues and unwanted contaminants could be getting in. There are no specific mandatory guidelines about the type of testing they have to do. No governing body is required to precheck nutritional labels for accuracy. It’s all self-policed. I think the only time the FDA would look at it would be if customers were complaining. Sad and alarming.

About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. CDC
FDA Regulations

1 In 10 People Around The World Gets Sick From Food Every Year.
420,000 lives lost with One-third of all cases were in children.

Traveler's Diarrhea (wiki)
Norovirus (wiki)
Global burden of foodborne diseases

Ingredient is a substance that forms part of a mixture active ingredient is that part of a formulation that yields the effect expected by the customer. National laws usually require prepared food products to display a list of ingredients, and specifically require that certain additives be listed.

Active Ingredient is the ingredient that is biologically active. Biological Activity describes the beneficial or adverse effects of a drug on living matter.

Dose (biochemistry) is a quantity of something (chemical, physical, or biological) that may impact an organism biologically; the greater the quantity, the larger the dose.

Food Safety Knowledge
The Food Trust
Your Food Is Poisoning You
Center for Food Safety
Public Health and Safety
Produce Safety Project
Food Integrity Now
Slow Food USA
Sustainable Table
Cool Foods Campaign
Food Policy Research
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (wiki)
Food Borne Illness
International Food Safety &
Quality Network
Food Poison Journal
Antimicrobial Monitoring  PDF
Enterobacteriaceae Bacteria
Staphylococcus aureus
Escherichia Coli (E-Coli)
Botulism (wiki)
Rancidification is the process which causes a substance to have unpleasant smell or taste. Rancidification can also detract from the nutritional value of food, and some vitamins are highly sensitive to degradation.
Foodborne illness (wiki)
Keep Foods Apart - Cross Contamination
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Global Food Safety Initiative (wiki)

Food Inspector Tool
Scio is a Pocket Molecular Sensor that Tells You What's Really in the Food like calories, and sugar and fat.

Food Preserving
Expiration Dates of Food

Remember, food safety does not include unhealthy food. Unhealthy Food kills more people and creates more disease then foodborne illnesses. So we just don't want our food to be safe, we need our food to be healthy too.

Toxic Chemicals

Center for the Science in the
Public Interest
Consumer Federation of America
Center for Health, Environment & Justice

Food Labels

New Leaf Foods (Smart Wash)
Ca. Leafy Greens

USDA  Department of Agriculture
FDA Food & Drug Administration

Food Pesticide List
Public Health Advocacy
Moms Rising

Science Shows The 5-Second Rule is Real Most of the Time (youtube)

Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law
Ag-gag (wiki)

Factory Farms Abuses
Factory Farming
Factory Farms Map   Info-Graph
Use of antibiotics in animals contribute to 23,000 American deaths a year.
A River of Waste (youtube)
Factory Farming
Supermarket Secrets (youtube)
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
Ag-gag Attacks Free Speech
Pfiesteria (wiki)
Earthlings Joaquin Phoenix Website
Compassion over Killing
Europe Bans Chlorine Chicken
Ractopamine (wiki)

Livestock's long shadow: environmental issues and options

Food Poisoning - Food-Borne illness

All foods naturally contain small amounts of bacteria. But poor handling of food, improper cooking or inadequate storage can result in bacteria multiplying in large enough numbers to cause illness. Parasites, viruses, toxins and chemicals also can contaminate food and cause illness.
Signs and symptoms of food poisoning vary
with the source of contamination, and whether you are dehydrated or have low blood pressure. Generally they include: Diarrhea, Nausea. Abdominal pain. Vomiting, Dehydration.
With significant dehydration, you might feel:
Lightheaded or faint, especially on standing. A rapid heartbeat
Whether you become ill after eating contaminated food depends on the organism, the amount of exposure, your age and your health.
High-risk groups include:
Older adults. As you get older, your immune system may not respond as quickly and as effectively to infectious organisms as it once did. Infants and young children. Their immune systems haven't fully developed. People with chronic diseases. Having a chronic condition, such as diabetes or AIDS, or receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer reduces your immune response.
If you develop food poisoning: Rest and drink plenty of liquids.
Generally, anti-diarrheal medications should be avoided because they may slow elimination of organisms or toxins from your system. If in doubt, check with your doctor about your particular situation.
Infants or young children should not be given anti-diarrheal medications because of potentially serious side effects.
Foodborne illness often improves on its own within 48 hours. Call your doctor if you think you have a foodborne illness and your symptoms have lasted longer than two or three days. Call immediately if blood appears in your stools.
Seek emergency medical assistance if:
You have severe symptoms, such as severe abdominal pain or watery diarrhea that turns very bloody within 24 hours.
You belong to a high-risk group.
You suspect botulism poisoning. Botulism is a potentially fatal food poisoning that results from the ingestion of a toxin formed by certain spores in food. Botulism toxin is most often found in home-canned foods, especially green beans or tomatoes. Signs and symptoms of botulism usually begin 12 to 36 hours after eating the contaminated food and may include headache, blurred vision, muscle weakness and eventual paralysis. Some people also have nausea and vomiting, constipation, urinary retention, difficulty breathing, and dry mouth. These signs and symptoms require immediate medical attention.

Poisoning and harmful substances
Establish what they have taken. When? And how much? Symptoms may vary. Throat and stomach pains, mouth burns, vomiting, drowsiness. Give water to dilute poison. Call Doctor.
Poisoning Prevention First Aid

Allergic Reactions

Life-threatening Anaphylaxis
A life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can cause shock, a sudden drop in blood pressure and trouble breathing. In people who have an allergy, anaphylaxis can occur minutes after exposure to a specific allergy-causing substance (allergen). In some cases, there may be a delayed reaction or anaphylaxis may occur without an apparent trigger. If you're with someone having an allergic reaction with signs of anaphylaxis: Immediately call 911 or your local medical emergency number. Ask the person if he or she is carrying an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Auvi-Q, others) to treat an allergic attack. If the person says he or she needs to use an autoinjector, ask whether you should help inject the medication. This is usually done by pressing the autoinjector against the person's thigh. Have the person lie still on his or her back. Loosen tight clothing and cover the person with a blanket. Don't give the person anything to drink. If there's vomiting or bleeding from the mouth, turn the person on his or her side to prevent choking. If there are no signs of breathing, coughing or movement, begin CPR. Do uninterrupted chest presses — about 100 every minute — until paramedics arrive. Get emergency treatment even if symptoms start to improve. After anaphylaxis, it's possible for symptoms to recur. Monitoring in a hospital for several hours is usually necessary. If you're with someone having signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, don't wait to see whether symptoms get better. Seek emergency treatment right away. In severe cases, untreated anaphylaxis can lead to death within half an hour. An antihistamine pill, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), isn't sufficient to treat anaphylaxis. These medications can help relieve allergy symptoms, but work too slowly in a severe reaction. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include: Skin reactions, including hives, itching, and flushed or pale skin. Swelling of the face, eyes, lips or throat. Constriction of the airways, leading to wheezing and trouble breathing. A weak and rapid pulse. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Dizziness, fainting or unconsciousness.
Some common anaphylaxis triggers include:
Medications. Foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Insect stings from bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants. If you've had any kind of severe allergic reaction in the past, ask your doctor if you should be prescribed an epinephrine autoinjector to carry with you.

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