An inevitable activity – eating - is increasingly becoming a risky pleasure. Food Poisoning is an indiscriminate killer and indifference towards the causes of food poisoning is fatal.
The introduction section of “The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Key Facts” includes this statement: “The burden of food-borne illness is considerable. Every year, 1 out of 6 people in the United States—48 million people--suffers from food-borne illness, more than a hundred thousand are hospitalized, and thousands die.”
Food-borne Illness is no respecter of persons:
The Boomerang Effect
Even when we do not become ill or die from food poisoning, each of us bears the cost one way or another. For example, when food is withdrawn from the market because of a detected potential to cause harm, we lose its availability. Published incidences of food-borne illness outbreak force us to avoid buying the identified food and we are deprived of the enjoyment of that food. Companies suffer losses and food prices increase to burden all of us. We must not forget the tax burden that every one of us suffers because of the use of public funds in addressing health concerns relating to food-borne illness outbreaks. We are harmed one way or another even by those occurrences that are not known to us. Indeed, what we know little or nothing about can kill us but such fatality can be avoided. What is needed is a coalition of knowledgeable, experienced and determined individuals who are willing to do the job.
GCSE-Food & Health Protection is providing an avenue for such gathering of the forces. You are invited to join the effort and/or the conversation. Some may like to be observers; some may like to be active participants; some may even want to be critics; everyone is welcome: Join the Conversation.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Key Facts
Food Safety Compromised as Global Trade Expands:
Foodborne Illness: Implications for the Future
Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & HealthProtection. He is also the Director of Technical Services at Amiri Food Industry Support Services (AFISS) and the Canada/U.S representative for the World Food Safety Organisation.