After watching the Food Inc. documentary film and participated to in class discussion, I realized that people are living in a world that is featuring a totally wrong image of the food that individuals are consuming. People are blindly following the path of an unhealthy life that leads them to death. Population is restricted from information and people are being victims of a dirty and contaminated food era. People are being lied about the food they are eating and the fast food industry is bigger than never. The process that food is produced today has drastically changed and some aspects to talk about are: farmers are being manipulated; fast food is being supported by the government and consumers always have the choice of living healthy.
Chipotle, the haven of deliciousness and beauty, is making people sick. Very sick. An E.coli outbreak linked to the Chipotle restaurant chain has now spread across six states, infecting 45 and hospitalizing 16 individuals according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Though the outbreak was announced at the beginning of November, it was initially only linked to 11 restaurants in Washington state and Oregon. Now, illnesses have been confirmed in California, Minnesota, New York and Ohio.
Companies seem to avoid paying attention to the sanitation of their facilities and tend to neglect their workers health issue possibilities. “The presence of fecal matter from slaughtered animals, which can contaminate meat with high levels of bacteria such as E. coli.”(“Food Processing & Slaughterhouses” 1). In recent years, the production and form that meat has been processed have been more noted and concerning to the public view. Today the public eye is taking in more concern in the processes in which their meats. “1 in 6 Americans become sick with foodborne illnesses due to the horrendous sanitary conditions”(‘Food Processing & Slaughterhouses” 1).
The proof was in the fact that people kept getting sick. Groups conducted independent studies and found GMO. The Center for Disease Control, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and public health officials declared a food crisis in several states investigated the two Chipotle E.coli outbreaks, and according to the Center for Disease Control’s report on the investigation, “the epidemiologic evidence collected during the investigation suggested that a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants was a likely source of both outbreaks” with these finding chipotle should be close temporally all over until they resolve this
Despite being in our bodies, consuming it can have some dangerous affects. Common symptoms are: abdominal cramps, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. The bacteria have infiltrated Chipotle’s health measures and caused economic downfall for the brand. The initiation of the bacteria are yet to be found. First, it was believe to be from the meat.
Chipotle is known for their “Food with Integrity” program, a mission to remove as many genetically modified organism foods (GMOs) from their menu as possible. Chipotle gathers their food supplies from local farm producers that treat their animals as humanely as possible unlike many other food corporations. The Food with Integrity program is used as a deterrent to animal cruelty and also a call for the most excellent food for their customers to consume. For example, Chipotle requests that all their dairy products come from dairy cows not treated with rBGH, a chemical that makes cows produce more milk than usual. All food is grown within three hundred fifty miles of the Chipotle you are eating in at whatever moment.
One other slaughterhouse worker also said, “During the evisceration of the animal, the manure can get on the meat. And that meat is grounded up with other meat, a whole lot of it can be contaminated” (Haw). Apart from the health related issues of the contaminated meat; animals are given certain medications to increase growth that can be dangerous to humans. In the words of
Supply chain oversight led to a past E Coli outbreak at some Chipotle stores, leading to a formal investigation by the FDA and plenty of negative press.7 Chipotle was never able to fully identify the cause of the outbreak, meaning outbreaks like this in the future are possible. Chipotle suffered greatly from its first outbreak, seeing a revenue decrease of 13.26% during the height of the outbreak, from 2015-2016. If Chipotle is unable to strengthen its supply chain, future outbreaks will likely cause crippling revenue (and customer)
There are always food safety problems that are a direct result of fraud. In recent years, particularly zoonotic diseases in animals that can be transmitted to humans, such as BSE and Q fever, entered the picture. The antibiotic resistance, which threatens human health as a result of copious use of antibiotics in intensive farming, can be seen as a food safety issue. In 2014, especially food safety problems to come to light that have to do with the complexity of the food chain. Parties commodities are traded several times, cut, mixed or composite which ultimately - despite the introduction of quality - is no longer clear where the ingredients in the final consumer or feed product came from and who is responsible.
Food Inc is a 2008 documentary film directed by Robert Kenner which talks about the relationship between the food industry and its consumers the American people. The film focuses on the junk food guzzled each day in America all thanks to the genetically modified products that find their way into the market. It also focuses on the cruelty the animals face because they are the food industry source of income used for food. Michael Pollan’s 2007 article Unhappy Meals discusses how people are devouring too much food while forgetting about its importance to their health. Looking at the nutritional information that proclaims a product is healthy hides the fact that it has no dietary value whatsoever.