Archive | March, 2012

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.

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Food Log #9

31 Mar

I found that this week in class when we discussed what our parents thought was healthy food, how different everyone’s answers were.  All the answers were different, but there were similarities at the same time, such as what things on the TV said were healthy, vegetables and the like.  I mean in my family, the answers one of my mom gave were pretty similar to what other said.  Though the reason she gave for why she considers fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean-meats such as fish and turkey that she gave was that it is because it is what doctors say is healthy, and since she and my other mom both work in a medical profession they would know that sort of thing.

Yes sometimes we eat what is popular, such as Greek yogurt, but it always for the health benefits, since Greek yogurt has a lot of protein that is the main reason why we eat it.  But, what my parents consider healthy is also based upon what my brothers, as track and cross country runners, should eat and what one of my moms diets since she has diabetes.

Personally, I find it difficult to follow the rules of what is healthy to eat at school, because there’s just so many options, but I try and take my mom’s advice to try and eat portion sizes of foods.  That and to not ‘graze’ throughout the day.  Either way I found that that class was very interesting and I enjoyed hearing what other people said.

Weekly Blog Response #8

24 Mar

For the food blog response I read a short piece about a recall of mini chocolate chip cookies that have walnuts in them.  It was called “Allergen Alert:  Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts.”  They left the walnuts off the recipe, a labeling error, and no adverse reactions have been reported.  Honestly what struck me about this piece was that it could have relevance to what we viewed with Jamie Oliver.   I’m surprised that they were lucky enough to realize the error before anyone got seriously hurt.  Parents could have bought these cookies for their children, who, if they had nut allergies, could have been seriously hurt, if not killed due to allergies.

There are things that I think are wrong about this article, like the fact that it is so short and there’s so few details provided.  How did the labeling error happen?  How were they able to realize that there was a labeling error?  I feel like with the way things are with food production are and all the concern over food safety that something such as this would happen.  What if the cookies had been sent to a school?  How many children could have potentially ended up in the hospital?  I’m just stunned that something like this would happen, could happen with how many things are done by computers today, which I think is how they would be able to produce the labels.  It just stunned me really.

Food Log #8

24 Mar

So this week we talked about school lunches, particularly in relation to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.  What struck me today in class was that while we were listing the barriers that Jamie Oliver faced and everyone was talking about them, I wasn’t sure if any of the others realized that those were the same barriers they would face if they tried to change things here on campus.  There’s the cost of the food, it’s more expensive to buy the amount of food fresh to feed the campus at all of the different locations that there are to eat.  Not to mention the fact that the cooks on campus have to continue to have food available during all of the hours they are open.  I understand that people on school, or at least the ones in the class, but they need to understand that there are people who work to make sure we all have food to eat in the dining hall each and every day.  It just makes me frustrated when people talk about it the way they do in class.  The workers there are some of the nicest people I have ever met, they work hard and it’s not their fault if people do not like the food.

I agree the quality of the food could be improved, but it is also college food, equivalent to school lunches.  The fact is the food could be worse and as far as college food goes, in my opinion it is good.

Though this is also just my opinion, and response to some of the things I heard today and have been hearing, and in response to the discussion we had of barriers that Jamie Oliver faced.

Weekly Blog Response #7

17 Mar

For this week’s food blog response, I read a blog called “U.N. Special Rapporteur: Five Ways to Fix Unhealthy Diets.”  It was an interesting blog to read and while I do think that the five points listed as ways to help fix unhealthy diets could work, there are problems that I do not think were fully addressed.  It mentions taxing junk food and unhealthy food and while that has the potential to work, there is still the issue of the price of healthy food.  A lot of food that is healthy in stores is also more expensive to purchase, for a family that may not have a lot of money (or a college student) the unhealthy option is sadly more available to them.  It makes sense, the five ways, but they need to realize that for each change they make there is the potential for a new problem to occur, and another problem to be realized before they are even able to see the effects of the changes, such as the high cost healthy food.  However, over all I found the article to be interesting to read as the ways made sense to me.

Food Log # 7

17 Mar

This week in class we started out talking about hunger in the world and it got me thinking about that sort of thing.  I realize that seem to focus more on hunger in the poorer countries, but I thought back to my experiences on SU’s SPLASH program that I went on before I came here as a freshmen.  On the trip we worked with homeless people, and at homeless shelters.  We helped make jams for a place in Sunbury, and then we spent the week in Washington D.C.  Honestly, that trip had more of an impact on me concerning hunger and the hungry in the USA then some of the videos.  That may not be the best choice of words, but it’s true.

In DC we spent a day making sandwiches to hand out to people.  We put them in paper bags, then hit the streets to hand them out.  I know the people were hungry, you could see it, but in my opinion there is no better way to help someone than to do it personally instead of through donations. We got to see the smiles on their faces and hear their stories while we gave them the sandwiches, and heard them thank us.  To me that made me more motivated to do something to help with hunger in the US than those videos did.  They were sad, yes, and they got their point across, but being able to help someone in the way I did on SPLASH had more of an impact.  This week in class had me remembering those experiences I had on the trip.