Global Food Industry Deals with Safety and Nutrition Issues - Health Minute for July 1, 2013

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Global Food Industry Deals with Safety and Nutrition Issues - Health Minute for July 1, 2013

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 2:20pm

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Today, the global food industry is at a critical crossroads. The safety and health qualities of global food have never been more in question. Food fraud is a global epidemic, according to a recent report in The New York Times. Many processed products contain ingredients that are tainted, adulterated, or diluted. And labels are counterfeited, misleading, or deceptive. The U.S. Grocery Manufacturers Association says that adulterated and counterfeited food and other consumer products cost the industry $10 to $15 billion dollars a year, while compromising the safety and health of consumers. At the same time, The World Health Organization reports that the marketing of unhealthy foods to children has proven “disastrously effective,” driving obesity rates sky-high, forecasting future generations afflicted with serious illnesses on a large scale. And proposals to label food more clearly have stalled in state or federal legislatures. We’ve been here before. In 1869, the Heinz company introduced “Heinz Pure Foods,” products sold in clear glass bottles. This transparent packaging innovation gave the company a reputation for good food quality and safety, and it went on to pioneer processes for sanitary food preparation and lead a successful lobbying effort to create the Pure Food and Drug Act, the first national regulation that set standards for health and safety. It’s time for a new, 21st version of the safe and healthy food revolution built around that key word and value, transparency. That’s a challenge many food companies are now taking on. Global sales of organic foods alone are estimated at $59 billion in 2010, with the U.S market accounting for $26 billion of that total. You can add to that hefty number the exponentially larger guesstimates of the value of natural, healthier, and sugar-salt-fat free foods, marketed by an increased amount of information in ingredients and nutritional data, and you’ve got mega-billions in food revenues made from—transparency. This positive response to our food safety and health problems proves yet again that there’s profit in doing a good thing.

I’m John Howell for 3Bl Media.

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