Human Health Concerns Arising From Food Packaging Procedures

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In recent years, debate has lingered about the potential dangers to humans of some active ingredients used in the manufacturing and packaging of common food items. However, recent statements made by the Food and Drug Administration as well as a well-researched article posted on Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com, new concerns have been raised on whether certain materials used in the manufacturing process and misleading packing details are raising human health concerns across the United States.

In recent years, debate has lingered about the potential dangers to humans of some active ingredients used in the manufacturing and packaging of common food items. However, recent statements made by the Food and Drug Administration as well as a well-researched article posted on Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com, new concerns have been raised on whether certain materials used in the manufacturing process and misleading packing details are raising human health concerns across the United States.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960’s. However, on the basis of results from recent studies by the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health, some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children have been raised.

According to a published report on the FDA website on March 30th, 2012, The National Toxicology Program expressed “some concern for effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures to Bisphenol A. This discovery and statement by the FDA is supported by a published report conducted by the LA Times in August 2012.

According to the report, a panel of 38 experts was assembled by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to determine the BPA's health risks to humans. They concluded that the previous safe limit approved by the EPA that was based on animal research that tested high doses of the chemical, was outdated. Newer animal research has found that much lower doses — in the range of what people are exposed to — can cause harm to breast, prostate and brain tissues, stated the published report from the LA Times.

Other potential health concerns have been recently opened by the State of New York for the labeling practices of certain Energy related drinks. According to a report issued by Reuters on August 28th, 2012, The New York State Attorney General issued subpoenas in July to three firms which make energy drinks, seeking information on the companies' marketing and advertising practices.

It was stated in the Reuters report that the purpose of the investigation was to examine whether the companies overstated the benefits of ingredients in the drinks while understating the role of caffeine, a common stimulant that industry critics believe to be the main active ingredient and what potential health concerns may arise due to this labeling practice.

There are several other potential health concerns that consumers should be made aware of with the labeling practices conducted by many food packaging manufactures. For a list of other potential misleading labeling issues on several everyday products, please click the link to the BeWellBuzz.com article posted below.

http://www.bewellbuzz.com/nutrition/10-worst-packaged-food-lies

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