Watch What You Eat!
Alan L. Johnson
Stephen Ostroff, the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, retired in January, according to Politico. After a reorganization, the FDA brought in the Blockchain food-safety king Frank Yiannas as Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. Anyone who's been following Yiannas knows he's the voice for Blockchain food-safety.
His landmark use of IBM's technology is by far one of the best advancements and uses of Blockchain I've seen yet.
Walmart's food safety solution using IBM Food Trust built on the IBM Blockchain Platform
Frank Yiannas, Walmart's Vice President of Food Safety, explains how Walmart can track food products through its supply chain using IBM Food Trust built on t...
It is great to see that he will be continuing his mission to protect our food supply at the FDA.
Walmart food safety VP Frank Yiannas headed to FDA
Frank Yiannas, the vice president of food safety for Walmart and an outspoken proponent of blockchain, is leaving retail to take a post at the Fo...
In the spirit of Yiannis' new role in protecting our food supply, here is a showcase of some of the deadliest foods.
15 of the Most Dangerous Foods on the Planet
We generally don't think of mealtimes as risky parts of our day, but there are plenty of foods out there we should be wary of.
According to Food Digest here are the "Top 15":
This seems like a broad category, we know. But 29 percent of all deaths from foodborne illnesses originate in meat and poultry, according to outbreak data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Raw Dairy Products
“I personally do not drink raw milk. Pasteurizing milk reduces or removes potential hazards,” says Amanda Kinchla, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Department of Food Science.
Paul Dawson, a food science professor at Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, says he doesn’t eat raw sprouts if he doesn’t know where they’ve come from.
For those who are allergic to peanuts, exposure to even a tiny amount can cause symptoms that range from a runny nose to full-on anaphylaxis, when the throat swells, making it difficult or impossible to breathe.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates that between a quarter and 40 percent of people who are allergic to peanuts are also allergic to at least one tree nut, a category that includes almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pine nuts. Along with peanuts and shellfish, it’s one of the primary causes of anaphylaxis.
Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops are a double-threat to some people: Shellfish are one of the food allergens that most commonly lead to deadly anaphylaxis, and raw shellfish are also one of the most common causes of foodborne illnesses.
For most of us, this sweet and pretty yellow fruit is safe to eat—but that’s only because our kidneys filter out a neurotoxin called caramboxin, according to Phys.org.
“There are chemicals inside of cherry pits that can liberate cyanide,” says Carl K. Winter, an extension food toxicologist at the University of California, Davis.
Apple & Pear Seeds
Cherries aren’t the only fruit with poisonous seeds. “Many seeds and pits contain compounds that, when eaten, are digested into cyanide,” Dawson says.
This starchy root is another potential poisoner: “It’s similar to cherry pits in that it has cyanogenic glycosides, chemicals that can liberate cyanide,” Winter says.
They make delicious jams, compotes, syrups, and pies, according to the BBC, but only after they’re cooked. Raw berries (and the plant’s bark and leaves) contain a compound that can cause nausea
“If you’re an experienced mycologist, it’s a great hobby for you,” Winter says. “You know what you’re doing, you know what to avoid.” If, on the other hand, you’re not completely sure what kind of mushroom you’re looking at, don’t pick it. The death cap mushroom’s toxins totally resist cooking and will cause severe illness within hours, leading to coma and eventually death in half of the people who eat it, according to Britannica.com.
When they’ve been sitting around for a while, exposed to light and warm temperatures, potatoes can start to produce a chemical called solanine that, in high enough concentrations, can cause nausea, headaches, and neurological problems, according to the New York Times.
Fugu, aka pufferfish, are the second-most poisonous vertebrate in the world (after the golden poison frog), but their meat is sold for hundreds of dollars at high-end restaurants in Japan, reports CNN.
Reality Changing Observations:
Q1. How do you see foresee Blockchain affecting our food supply?
Q2. What foods do you avoid because of their potential for contamination?
Q3. What can you do to be safer about your food consumption?