The majority of additives in U.S. foods have undergone either inadequate or zero regulatory oversight. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just issued a policy statement about the risks to children's health of the more than 10,000 chemicals directly or indirectly added to food and "food contact materials" in the U.S. with three primary aims: (1) to review and highlight the significant health concerns associated with the chemicals in foods; (2) to formulate recommendations that pediatricians can share with families; and (3) to propose "urgently needed reforms" pertaining to regulation of food additives by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Say something interesting about your business here.
Hard as you try, you may not be able to avoid antibiotics completely. In fact, you're probably even getting a low dose of antibiotics in your apples and cabbage.
Some fruits, like blueberries, use antibiotics as a pesticide to combat the growth of bacteria, fungi, and algae. In addition to contributing to antibiotic resistance these residues on fruit can cause allergic reactions.
A case study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, reported on a 10 year-old girl who had an anaphylactic reaction after eating some blueberry pie. Doctors determined that blueberries in the pie were contaminated with streptomycin.
The herbicide glyphosate was detected a least once in 66 of 70 U.S. streams and rivers located in a range of land-use settings, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Program. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup® and is the most widely used herbicide in the United States.
At half of the 70 stream sites studied, glyphosate was detected in at least 80% of the 14 to 24 samples collected at each site during 2015–18. The glyphosate breakdown product AMPA was detected even more frequently—in 80% of samples collected at 84% of the sites. Measured concentrations of glyphosate did not exceed human-health or aquatic-life benchmarks; these benchmarks are not available for AMPA. The occurrence of glyphosate and AMPA in the streams increased with the amount of glyphosate used in the watershed for agriculture. Smaller watersheds or watersheds with developed land in arid areas had less breakdown of glyphosate into AMPA than larger watersheds or those with agriculture, indicating the more efficient transport of glyphosate to streams in small or arid watersheds.
Citation: Medalie L, Baker NT, Shoda ME, Stone WW, Meyer MT, Stets EG, and Wilson, M. Influence of land use and region on glyphosate and aminomethylphosphonic acid in streams in the USA. Science of The Total Environment 2020; 707: 136008.
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