Issues of Concern
How do I know if this is safe to
eat? Is there something in this food that could make me sick? The safety of our food is a major concern to many people,
and you may have similar questions about how food and toxicants
interact, or how we are affected by toxicants in our food, or
what measures can be taken to reduce exposure. So, what are
the most dangerous hazards found in food? EXTOXNET FAQs has produced the following pages to
address these concerns about food safety issues:
- Biotechnology and Food - brings together
information about biotechnology, genetic engineering, and
how food is affected by these processes.
- Food Additives - Provides science-based
information about the safety of food additives, the
history of the regulation of food additives, how the
safety of a proposed food additive is assessed, and
information about specific food additives which have
- Food Contaminants - Discusses such topics
as: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, PCBs, Dioxins, and Pesticides
in your food
- Food Irradiation - Discusses issues of
safety, quality, and environmental protection with regard
to food irradiation.
- Natural Toxins in Food - Information on
naturally-occurring toxins in food plants, toxic
mushrooms, naturally occurring carcinogens, 'Endocrine
Disrupters' in plants, naturally occurring toxins used as
pesticides, and toxins in shellfish.
- Pesticides in Food - Answers some of the
most common questions about pesticides and food.
This page was prepared by B.T. Johnson, March
1998. UCD EXTOXNET