Food Contamination Essay

1250 Words May 23rd, 2001 5 Pages
The Center for Disease control has estimated that illnesses directly resulting from food contamination cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths each year in the United States. The rise of food-related illnesses can be mostly attributed to increased eating out. Half of every dollar spent on food in this country is spend on food prepared outside of the home. As the amount of people involved preparing our food rises, so does the risk of contracting an illness from food (Levitt). The people at the greatest risk are the elderly, infants, pregnant women, and those with immune disorders; this high risk group comprises 25 percent of the US population. (Who). To prevent food contamination, the food …show more content…
The symptoms of Listeriosis include fever, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, loss of balance, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. The disease is especially harmful because it can spread to the nervous system ("Listeriosis"). There are different regulatory agencies in the United States. In 1997 President Clinton issued food reforms that effected the nation's food supply. Awareness has been raised as a result, and the number of food-related diseases has decreased. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are the major regulators of our nation's food supply. Other agencies that play a part in regulating food include: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the state and local government. Most outbreaks of food contamination are handled by local governments. The State government gets involved if the outbreak seems to be spreading, and the FDA and CDC get involved when the outbreak covers a multi-state area ("HHS Initiaties"). The severity of food contamination should not be underestimated. Although the food in the United Stated is among the safest in the world, errors that cause contamination continue to be a problem. 5,000 deaths annually is ridiculous for a nation of our technology. The death toll

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