The Salmonella pandemic has hit us all wrong. The public health threat posed by Salmonella is now so great that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent decision to expand the federal government’s surveillance and management of salmonella-related illness and foodborne disease outbreaks must be reversed. Even though the Salmonella pandemic has triggered a new phase in our relationship with food, we are still at risk from its return. The combination of growing public distrust in food, a climate of fear surrounding fortified foods, and the failure to reduce demand for high-risk products have created an environment ripe for bacterial transformation. Fortunately, there are tools available for reducing the negative impact of antibiotic overuse and re-entry into food supply. In this article we outline how your action can help protect you from the onslaught of Salmonella…
Be specific about what you’re eating
The most important thing you can do is state your preferences clearly and specifically. Food companies are not required to follow safe and effective nutrition facts labels when they don’t want you to know how much your food should contain. Your personal health depends on what foods you consume. The amount you eat should reflect the amounts you can Afford. For example, if you are able to afford a large family meal, select foods with a high lipid content, like air-brushed salmon, or low-fat bagel sandwiches, because these items provide a adequate source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Limit the use of antibiotics in your diet
Antibiotic use in human nutrition is widespread. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that people avoid using broad-spectrum antibiotics, including ianamivir and ianamifine, in combination with food or drink during daylight hours. This advice is based on concerns about increased antibiotic resistance. While it is certainly important to reduce the use of antibiotics in our daily lives, it is counterproductive to go further and use them in food.
Avoid the acquisition of new antibiotic-resistant organisms
It is critical to identify and contain emerging antibiotic-resistance issues before it becomes a larger problem. The best approach is to discuss the issue with your health care practitioner and work toward eliminating it once it is identified. Advancements in bacteriology, biochemistry, and synthetic biology have made it possible to identify and isolate new antibiotic-resistant organisms. Thus far, it has been possible to identify only seven active bacterial species in the United States that areafety hazards. Although it is important to identify and eliminate these threats, increased attention must be paid to the acquisition of new antibiotic-resistant organisms.
Keep your food supply stable
A rising number of consumers are turning to self-made food as an affordable and convenient source of energy. This trend is expected to continue, and food production will continue to rise, as population growth and a need for more energy and fresh fruit and vegetables grows. The demand for high-quality, high-volume food is forecast to remain strong. Food, once one of our most important sources of energy, has become more problematic as individuals increasingly consume more food. The growing number of people who are consuming more than was formerly achievable has created a potential for food shortages. There is therefore a need to proactively manage our available food supplies to ensure food security. Food insecurity is one of the most important aspects of anti-pandemic nutrition and can lead to significant medical, productivity, and economic losses.
The Salmonella pandemic has tested our mettle as food and medical professionals. We have come to appreciate that eating only one meal a day is not the solution to our nutritional problems. We must eat a balanced diet and also consume other forms of health and nutrition services. The best way to protect yourself from the onslaught of new and emerging food-borne illnesses is to be specific about what you are eating. Keeping your food supply stable will help you avoid the acquisition of new antibiotic-resistant organisms and provide the nutrients you need for a healthy body.