High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives May 9 1974, Page 17

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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - May 9, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Food safety remains worry no pm Vav to High Point Enterprise thursday May 9, 1974 7b by Sidney Margolius women a news service new York the Public a anxiety Over food safety is on the Rise. And Small wonder with the increase in food recalls. First canned mushroom products were recalled. Then imported chocolate balls and easter Candy were among food recalls. And this is on the heels of earlier scares ranging from pesticides in foods to botulism in canned soups. Last year even before the new scares a food and drug administration Survey showed that Only 17 per cent of those interviewed were definitely sure that the food they buy is wholesome pure and Safe to eat. In 1966, 28 per cent were sure showing the erosion of full Confidence. In the later Survey More people were Only a reasonably sure 61 per cent or Quot not too sure Quot 18 per cent. Indicating the extent of the problem reported recalls of suspected food products have ballooned from too to 1,500 in to years and Are expected to near 2,000 in 1974, Fra commissioner Alexander m. Schmidt has said. The number of reported recalls undoubtedly has grown More than the number of incidents of suspect products have of course because of More frankness by government officials. This is due in part to the Freedom of information Law enacted in 1967, and to More attention by the Media. Newspapers and even radio and to now report recalls As a matter of course. In fact says or. Schmidt a the biggest headlines Are Likely to go to those who try to conceal a recall or ignore the need for also Congress recently has mandated recalls into the operations of such new agencies As the consumer product safety commission. Still contamination is a growing problem. Apparently As in the Case of Many product hazards the government and Industry Are moving to Clear it up after dangerous incidents have occurred. One reason for the problems growth or. Schmidt says is that while at least some processors have been trying to produce More and new kinds of food with new technology others too often have relied on old safety techniques. My observation on the canned soup and mushroom incidents is that some factories have been trying to turn out processed foods faster and so did not Cook them Long enough. This was confirmed in the recent recall of canned imported French mushrooms which the Fra said contained microorganisms indicating under processing. Another reason for the problem appears to be that the Fra itself had reduced the number of food factory inspections in the 1960s because it had to concentrate its limited forces on implementing the new drug Law enacted in 1962. By 1971, the Foa admitted sanitation in food factories and establishments generally had deteriorated. Almost every Fra Field District reports sanitation problems. While you can take some precautions yourself the Basic solution lies in intensified inspections by Federal state and local authorities which sometimes Are inadequate. Unfortunately when a crisis develops a As in the mushroom Industry a the Fra has to neglect other inspections so far the Fra has inspected 75 million cans of mushrooms and spent Over $6 million to examine All stocks of Domestic and imported mushrooms. Recently the mushroom recall rate has been almost one a month. As a result inspections of other priority industries have had to suffer. The priority industries usually Are fish and shellfish processors and Dairy and Grain product manufacturers. The Fra has increased its staff and also has asked Congress for new legislation requiring registration of All food plants. Here Are some safety rules for your own shopping a never buy food in badly dented or bulging cans. A Check for a and avoid a Glass containers whose Metal Caps have bulges. A never buy food in leaking containers. A return untested All suspect canned food to store for refund. Williams Flowers Quality Flowers a professional service in Housh to. Cau us Aiu read the Enterprise classifieds

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