Why are people concerned about food and water safety?

Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics
Both water and food are essential for life. The safety of our food and water supply are critical for our physical and environmental health. When food or water become contaminated with bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other chemicals, we may get sick and crops may suffer. The Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov) works hard to assure that products used in farming are safe for the environment and are used responsibly. 

There are a few steps you can take in your own home to help assure the food and water you or your family is consuming is safe.
  • Use a water filter to filter drinking water from the tap.
  • Always rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water before eating. Use a vegetable scrubber to remove any visible dirt.
  • Always wash your hands before during and after handling food.
  • Keep ready to eat foods separate from raw food or meats by using separate cutting boards and utensils.
  • Keep cold foods cold. Your refrigerator temperature should be between 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep hot foods hot. Cook meats to proper temperatures and heat leftovers to 160 degrees F. Use a food thermometer to help you know when foods are cooked properly.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Con Agra foods have partnered to bring you a great web site: www.homefoodsafety.org. There you will find valuable resources to help you keep foods in your home safe and keep you healthy.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Consumers are extremely concerned about the safety of the food they eat and the water they drink. In addition to fear of deadly bacteria such as E. coli, they are concerned about the effects that food additives, pesticides, pollutants, food irradiation, and genetically modified foods have on their bodies. There is much evidence to support that these food issues have the potential to not only harm our health, but also alter the composition of the foods we eat in ways that may not be beneficial to us, or the environment.
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