Original Title: US Food Safety Discounts
In the past few days, food safety incidents have occurred in the United States. First, Subway is exposed to the addition of azodicarbonamide during the sandwich making process. This material can also be used to increase elasticity in leather shoes. The incident triggered tens of thousands of signatures on the Internet. However, according to the regulations of the US regulatory authorities, the use of azodicarbonamide in foods, as long as the right amount, is not bad.
There is no such thing. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on the 8th that it recalled 8.72 million pounds of beef products produced by the California Ranch Feeding Company. Because the company “processed sick and unhealthy animals”, it was “not suitable for people’s consumption”. . However, the US Department of Agriculture has said that sick animals can also be used as food. According to the analysis, the food safety standards in the United States are not clear, which not only makes the effectiveness of food safety supervision less favorable, but also makes some consumers feel fearful.
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On February 10, the US Food and Drug Administration confirmed that it was edible. After dozens of children in the three states of Texas, Illinois and North Dakota produced by Mars Foods, dozens of children in Texas, Illinois and North Dakota experienced symptoms such as skin allergies and headaches. The California-based company has announced an emergency recall of five pounds (1 pounds or 0.45 kilograms) and 25 pounds of rice per bag.
Previously, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on the 8th that it recalled 8.72 million pounds of beef products produced by California Ranch Farms, which have entered California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. Retail system.
In the controversy, the famous fast-food chain in the United States, Subway, announced on the 6th that when producing sandwich bread, it will “prepare to stop” using the chemical azodicarbonamide as a dough improver.
In less than a week, three incidents involving public health have raised concerns about food safety and issues related to people’s livelihood. Among them, the shock wave caused by the “Bai Baiwei incident” is particularly strong. .
Not long ago, the founder of Foodbabe.com, a well-known food blog site in the United States, Vaughan · Ms. Harry revealed in her article that Subway’s sandwich bread contains a chemical additive called azodicarbonamide. . Surprisingly, this chemical used as a dough improver is also used in chemicals such as leather shoes and yoga mats to increase elasticity. Harry initiated a petition on the Internet and asked Subway to stop using azodicarbonamide for bread production.
A stone stirs up a thousand waves. On Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites, Harry’s articles were overwhelmed, and the petition collected tens of thousands of signatures in just a few days. Since February 4th, there have been a lot of requests on the Facebook page of Subway to stop adding dangerous chemicals & rdquo; & ldquo; stop poisoning us. Under the pressure of public opinion, Sai Baiwei issued a statement two days later, saying that the company had “prepared to stop” using this chemical additive before the publication of Harry’s article.
Harry said that in fact, azodicarbonamide was added to the products of McDonald’s and Starbucks, but she pointed to the game, because the company has always deliberately created for itself. “The image of the product, advertised “fresh”, “Nutrition”, and even the first lady of the United States Mitchell and many Olympic athletes to pull the facade.
However, in the statement, Subway has not forgotten that the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have approved the addition of azodicarbonamide to foods. Regulators in the United States and Canada do believe that the use of the right amount of azodicarbonamide in food does not cause health problems, but the EU and Australia prohibit the use of this chemical in food. In the EU countries and Australia, Cybex-flavored bread does not contain azodicarbonamide.
David ·, co-director of the Center for Behavioral Economics at the Cornell University Children’s Nutrition Program, said that in order to maintain the “healthy image” that has been painstakingly managed for many years, Subway has had to respond quickly , announced that it will stop using azodicarbonamide. However, this additive is in compliance with US and Canadian laws, so other companies may not follow suit. McDonald’s has said through the official website that azodicarbonamide can be used in the production of foam plastics, such as gym mats, but should not be confused with its use in food.
Food standards are broad and detection systems are out of order
Pan Zhongli, a researcher at the US Department of Agriculture’s Western Research Center, said in an interview with this reporter that with Europe and other Compared with developed countries or even some developing countries, food safety standards in the United States appear to be wider. For example, clenbuterol, which is strictly prohibited in many countries, is legal in the United States.
Pan Zhongli said that this is because the United States always feels that its agricultural modernization is very high, there is no small-scale workshop production of one household, and the law of supervision is sound and perfect, and it can be standardized. Dosage and scope of use of various food additives or medicines without having to be completely banned. For example, the United States believes it can ensure that the country’s aquaculture practitioners are correct.Grasp the use of lean meat, so there is no need to ban lean meat. In the use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive, the United States and the European Union have different standards for the same reason.
However, this kind of blind self-confidence of the US regulatory authorities has inevitably caused some consumers to be worried and caused doubts from the rights protection organizations.
The US media noted that, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, azodicarbonamide should not exceed 0.0045% of the flour quality when used as a dough improver, but no company has disclosed this. The content of the additive. The US NGO “The Center for Public Interest Science” pointed out that the US draenei amendment stipulates that urethanes decomposed from azodicarbonamide should not be used in any food additive that causes cancer in humans or animals. If the semicarbazide reaches a certain level, it may cause cancer. Therefore, the organization “urges the US Food and Drug Administration to consider banned (in food) the addition of this chemical according to the draenei amendment”.
When talking about recalling the reasons for the California farmer’s beef products, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that because the company “processed sick and unhealthy animals, and there was no or no These behaviors are carried out in full acceptance of federal surveillance", therefore these beefs are not suitable for people’s consumption".
The American Animal Rights Protection Organization & ldquo; Farm Shelter, founder Jean · Bauer pointed out that the US Department of Agriculture has made it clear that sick animals can also be used as food. Therefore, the main reason for the recall of this beef is not that the company “processed sick and unhealthy animals”, but lacked “Federal Monitoring” in the process of “processing”. In the United States, it is still common and legal for sick animals to enter the food supply chain.
Bauer said with no worries that the Food Safety and Inspection Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture issued a first-level recall order, indicating that the meat is extremely harmful to consumers and may cause serious consequences after consumption. Negative health consequences or death & rdquo;. Ironically, these beefs, which were not subject to federal surveillance and once entered the market, are inexplicably labeled with the “US Department of Agriculture Monitoring” logo.
Responsible Editor: Liu Yang