Weekly Blog Response #12

28 Apr

For this week’s blog response I read an article about sushi and food poisoning tilted “Multistate Outbreak Linked to Raw Sushi Grows to 200 Cases.”  The sushi was contaminated with Salmonella and has caused 200 cases throughout the US.  It is from a particular kind of product in the sushi called ‘tuna scrape,’ and it is that that has been in the sushi that people have gotten ill from.  This just brings to mind the articles I have responded to about raw milk and quite frankly it is making me want to stay away from raw milk and raw seafood do to the fact that these outbreaks keep seeming to revolve around ‘raw’ food, or at least milk and seafood. I have never liked sushi and now after reading this article I don’t plan on trying it any time in the near future unless it is the kind that does NOT have raw seafood.  However, the CDC has at least made sure that there was a recall of the infected tuna, which means that hopefully there would still be no more cases of people getting sick.  It’s incredible though how fast and how far spread the outbreak is, and it shows just how important better food safety laws are.

Food Log #12

28 Apr

Personally, I have no idea what to write for this food blog since in class we watched people present about our research projects.  Everyone seemed to have very interesting topics that they were doing their research projects on.  I liked the ones about how students would like to eat healthier if it was easier for them to on campus, or something along those lines.  I know that I try and eat healthy but it is very hard to eat healthy in the dining hall, and in my dorm room where I have a bunch of snacks and such.  At home, I find that it is much easier to eat healthy than while I’m at school despite my best efforts to eat healthy at school.

And tonight at work I made an observation, that when there is a variety of fresh fruit people will eat it.  There were fresh strawberries tonight and I kept seeing people take bowls of strawberries (it was a slow enough night that I was actually paying attention to this).  The lady at the salad bar had to keep refilling the strawberries.  To me, this just seems like a tad bit of proof that people will eat fruit and that perhaps more of a variety would have people eating more fruit in the dining hall.

Weekly Blog Response #11

21 Apr

I’ve already written about raw milk in a previous blog response due to the fact that I am a milk lover to the point where my parents joked that I would go through withdrawal if I did not have milk.  Anyways, once again I’m on the subject of raw milk after reading an article on foodsafetynews.com called “E. Coli Case Count in Missouri Rises to 14; Raw Milk Implicated.”  In essence the article talks about how there has been an outbreak of E. Coli that has been possibly linked to raw milk, though the Missouri Department of Health has not confirmed an official source of the problem.

Here’s my opinion about it.  All the articles about these outbreaks are short, what I want to know is why raw milk is so dangerous.  What makes it that way?  If people know it is dangerous why do they still drink it?  Honestly, even with my love of milk, I don’t think I would risk it.  I mean I would do a lot of information first and such, but even then I don’t think it would be a smart choice to drink raw milk, and that’s what I’ve learned from reading articles such as these.

Food Log #11

21 Apr

Even though I did not participate in class today due to Day of Silence, I found the discussion very interesting.  I think that the ideas that people were talking about in terms of what could be changed at the café are reasonable ideas, my only issue is what could be the downside of it.  I mean, I’m sure there would not be a large one but at the same time there could be an increase in the cost of the food, which would be a bad thing.  But there are other issues too.  Making all the eggs from actual eggs that are cracked there in front of you would in crease the wait time.  Also, on the subject of how those eggs are stored during breakfast, they sit in a container, which is in a vat of ice/ice water.  They are kept cold, but I understand why people didn’t like it.  The complaints I heard were reasonable.

I agree that the dining hall should be more considerate of the dietary needs of the students, and I think that having more options available for them would be a wise idea.  More vegetarian, vegan, and foods that are specialized for those with special diets would be smart, and allow the dining hall to serve all people and not discriminate against them.

I hope that the people in charge are receptive to the suggestions because they can only help.

Weekly Blog Response #10

14 Apr

For this week’s blog response, I read a blog titled “Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Strikes Three in Alaska.”  It is about how three people in Alaska got sick from PSP (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning), but luckily all the three victims are recovering.  They had eaten shellfish that were locally harvested, and many shellfish run the risk of having the PSP.  It has nothing to do with the algae bloom that occurs in Alaska, and crabmeat is not known to have it, but crab guts can.  Commercially farmed shellfish has been tested and is clean.  The PSP is being considered a public emergency.

Personally, I am not all that surprised that something like this happened due to the fact that with eating shellfish and seafood from the sea always runs the risk of having something in it.  Between Red Tide, which you’re not suppose to eat seafood during, and the PSP, it makes more sense to eat shellfish that has been commercially farmed rather than fresh from the sea.  It also seems like it would be a safer choice than fresh.  As someone who very much loves to eat shellfish and seafood, this makes me more wary about what I am eating by far.  Even though we’re nowhere near Alaska, it’s better to be safe and cautious.

Food Log #10

14 Apr

Today in class we talked about GMOs and how they could or couldn’t help in Africa, as well as how it is partially our fault for why the Africans do not want to use the GMOs.  For example, in the US we are all afraid of eating GMOs to the point where we do not want to eat them.  We have a fear of them, of what has been spliced into the foods’ DNA that makes it different.  Despite the fact that there has been no studies showing adverse effects of GMOs we still do not want to eat them or have anything like them in our food.  Then, we go and expect the people in Africa to want to eat them?

Come on.  Are we that much of a hypocrite as a country to think that a poorer country would want to eat food that we are afraid to eat ourselves?  Honestly, there’s no reason why we should have to expect people to eat things that no one else wants to eat for ourselves.  I mean, yes it could possibly help them with starvation, but they would still have to be able to buy the food, which they can’t most of the time.  However, I do not blame them for not wanting to use them when we refuse to eat them ourselves.  At least that’s my opinion based on what we went over in class today.

Weekly Blog Response #9

31 Mar

The article I read was called “FDA Seeks to Stop CA Fish Producer, Cites Botulism Risk.”  The article discussed the issue of food sanitation at a fish company out in California under the name of Blue Ocean.  The FDA gave them warnings, and sanctions have been filed against the company after diseases such as Listeria and the risk of botulism were discovered at the facility.  They ignored FDA warnings and the DA is seeking to file sanctions against them.

Honestly, I can’t understand why this company would ignore the FDA warnings.  What did they expect?  That they would just get away with it?  They’re lucky that no one has gotten seriously sick or died.  It just makes no sense to me especially since we have spent so much time talking about how important food safety is during production.  It’s a way that a lot of people could get really sick really fast.  Why would they want to ignore them?  Why would they want to risk it?

I wish the article provided more insight into what happened.  I don’t understand.  I really don’t.  I wish there had been more details provided, I’d be curious to learn more about the motives of Blue Ocean.  Though I do agree that they were very lucky that no one had gotten sick from their products.