Food Processing and Handling
Food processing and handling has become and issue throughout the world. Many companies, buisnesses and factories use unsanitary techniques while dealing with their products. Although sanitation rules and regulations are put into place, they are rarely followed, and issues with food being unsafe for consumers are being found out frequently. In popular restaurants, a large meat packaging company will deliver their meat to the buyer. The buyer typically freezes the meat and waits to prepare it. Food processing and handling rules are put into place in order to protect costumers from contamination. The goal is to make sure food is healthy before and after the distribution from place to place. One rule for handling food states: "Personnel training should instill and nurture an understanding of the processing steps and technologies for each product manufactured or handled and where potential problems exist, and create a keen desire to satisfy and guard the consumers' interests." However, restaurants are looking for unskilled workers that they can pay as little amount of money as possible. Knowing that, how safe do you think your food is? Another rule is stating that if an employee is sick or may be coming down with even a common cold, they should not be attending work. However, most workers can not afford to take a single day off. How clean do you think your food is? A study shows that an undercover boss saw an employee handling a customers food without any gloves or protection. Food processing involves taking raw food materials such as grains or meats and forming them into something new, and more convenient. However, processing presents many opportunities for more safety problems. Check out this site for all of the specific food processing and handling rules and regulations: http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oeh/fses/fpfhb.htm
Food processing and fast food nation
In the novel Fast Food Nation it is discussed how major fast food restaurants handle their food. The information that was revealed was revolting and left many turned off from Fast Food places. Reading Fast Food Nation made me realize that the people that are employed are paid minimum wage, and are placed in horrible working conditions. They are disposable and easy to replace. It has come to no surprise that the way our food is handled is unclean. In this novel, it was said that over the past 20 years the portion of the retail price of beef going to the cattle rancher has dropped from 63 cents to 46 cents per dollar. This may not seem like a large difference, but it proves that the quality has dropped, and it is being handled is more carelessly. Food safety has become a national concern. However, instead of dealing with overcrowding of cows, poor sanitation in the meat packing plants, underpaid and poorly skilled labor, excessive line speeds, poor government oversight, the meat industry wants to employ irradiation to control a preventable problem. They call irradiation “cold pasteurization.” Hundreds of people buy fast food every day without giving it much thought, unaware of what is in their actual purchase. They rarely consider where their food came from, how it was made, or what is in it. Hence, why it is called Fast Food.
The late 1800's and early 1900's was a time of industrialization. Many industries were being made for many different reasons. As the population grew extremely quickly, unhealthy habits began to start without anyone realizing. Poor harvests and crop diseases were breaking out leading to famine and food riots. This was due to the cheap labour's filling any job offered. As time went on scientific and technological advances transformed the nature of food. The invention of the steam engine sped up the process of food transformation. This increased to process of food as well. Food could get shipped places in less time. The demand for was not as high as it is today because the population was still growing. Milk didn't have to be wrenched from a cow in a dirty urban alley way. It could be made on a farm and shipped and kept fresh using a mechanical cooler. It was during the early 1900's that assembly lines were made, and the unhealthy processed foods were beginning to bomb. During this time, new food and drug laws were being passed to strengthen local efforts to have better and safer food. These assembly lines were dangerous for workers and held many diseases. Workers got injured on a daily basis and food was contaminated due to the handling process. Diseased cattle were being used as sausages, canned meats were proved to be completely repulsive and unsanitary. Fast food started to spread like wild fire. Consumers were finding a quick and easy way to eat their food causing these restaurants to rapidy increase. These businesses and labor practices were growing and in all cities in the United States.
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In this video, the man is describing the secrets about food processing and handling. He tells us that during the harsh treatment to meat, or any processed food, natural flavor is lost. In order to get these flavors back companies have to create certain chemicals to design the specific flavor that they want. The inject these tastes into the food for their distinct flavor. This is the reason why one hamburger may taste and smell different than another. Not just because of different variations of seasoning but because of the way that the food is processed. This applies to meats, chips, or any processed food. He also suggests that consumers by organic products, fruits and vegetables. This relates to fast food nation because Eric Schlosser reveals several hazardous practices unknown to many consumers, such as the practice of rendering dead pigs and horses and chicken manure into cattle feed.
This video shows an example of poorly and mistreated cows who are used to make an excessive amount of meat. These cows have a certain gene that detectes their growth. The farmer injects its chemicals to double to size of every muscle in the cows body; in order to produce more meat. Essentially, they are creating two cows in one! Not only does this video prove how poorly the cows are treated, but it shows how OUR meat gets handled! We are eating meat from a cow that has artificially enhanced all of it's muscles. In Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser touches upon how these types of handling of cows can create unhealthy meats for consumers. Schlosser notes that practices like these were responsible for the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as well as introducing harmful bacteria into the food supply.
Gross food processing
American's have always processed their food to make it customizable get the exact taste. People process food for two main reasons; to make food easier on the digestive system and add preservatives to make the food last a while. Click this link to see how all types of foods are processed and handled. Some of the information that is found is disgusting! http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/dirty-secrets-of-the-food-processing-industry
Food processing and handling is a large issue, especially in the United States with fast food restaurants. Fast Food is unsafe and unsanitary and very little is being done to prevent and end this trend of poor food hygiene Although many people are realizing the dangers and hazards of eating processed food, it is not enough to stop this. Processed foods appear to be healthy and advertize certain health benefits, in the food. They put claims out saying "this product contains low fat, low carb, vitamin fortified, and no trans fat." When in reality these foods are what is causing sicknesses and obesity across the globe. The food industry often adds extra salt and unhealthy seasonings to all of their products which is a leading cause of heart dieses. So what should people do to eliminate these risks? People need to become aware of what they are eating. Look at ingredients. People should also cut out all fast food. The way they go about processing and handling food is extremely unhealthy and it should be eliminated from everyone's diet. It is bad habit to get into and the consequences of eating too much are extreme. The only progress that has been made is in the wrong direction. More and more foods are continuously being processed and fast food restaurants are continuing to grow and get more popular. 25% of Americans consume Fast food on a regular basis. There are about 50,000 fast food restaurants in the United States and that number is still growing. Yes, more food and drug acts have been passed, but not many people and companies choice to listen and follow these rules. Once these restaurants are either shut down, or when the government comes up with stricter processing and handling regulations, this trend will stop.