Ayana L. Johnson
Dr. Kimberly Harper
03 October 2013
FDA Regulations on Fast Food
Foodborne illness is a major cause of personal distress, disease, death, and economic burden. Every year, millions of Americans become sick and many die from foodborne illness, and as a result, the public has become increasingly aware of, and concerned about, the safety of the food they eat. ("FDA Retail Food Safety Initiative " 1-8) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are responsible for developing public health regulations. One of its duties is to protect the nation’s food supply. The FDA has set strict regulations that fast food restaurants must follow. These regulations include the cleanliness of the restaurant and kitchen, the appearance of employees, how equipment should be used, and how certain types of meat and food should be stored within the facility. Although having regulations on fast food restaurants seem almost common sense many people oppose the government regulating what they eat.
The FDA have been studying over 800 retail food establishments for 10 years trying to see what more can be done to assess the control the foodborne illness risk factors. These four actions include making the presence of certified food protection managers’ common practice, Strengthen active managerial control at retail and ensure better compliance, Encourage widespread, uniform, and complete adoption of the FDA Food Code, and create an enhanced local regulatory environment for retail food operations. These actions will be carried out by the FDA over the next several years. Many people and consumers favor FDA regulations on fast food because it provides food safety in both major franchise stores and small fast food establishments. Food safety is very important and necessary, it reassures and gives consumers the want to continue to eat out and purchase fast food.
In spite of the reasons people favor The FDA’s regulations on fast food, there are several...
References: United States . Food and Drug Administration . FDA Retail Food Safety Initiative . 2011. Print.
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