The Great Debate
THE GREAT DEBATE 5
Argumentfor labeling GMO food products
Thereis a labeling policy in U.S that indicates that GMO foods having anutritional property different from the expectations of the consumersshould be labeled (Byrne, Pendel & Graff 2014). An example is theprotein allergen. Most companies have voluntarily labeled theirproducts as a result of this policy. According to Stewat (2011), GMOfoods range from pancake mix, soda, mayonnaise among others. Most ofthese GMO products result in reproductive health disorders and,therefore, their ingredients should be labeled.
Approximately80% of U.S. packaged foods are genetically modified. Examples areartificial sweeteners, chocolate chunks, finest textured beef, soyabeans, corn among others. They should, however, be labeled to avoidoverconsumption that may cause various diseases (Gasparro, 2014).
Argumentagainst labeling of GMO food products
Acosta(2014), reports that there is no need to label GMO foods in UnitedStates. This is because food regulation authorities in U.S regulatesthe production of conventional products focusing on the nature of theproduct other than the process it takes as it is being produced.
Companies,such as General Mills in the US, produce food that is free from GMO.The food products are not labeled because most consumers areuncomfortable with GMO products.
TheUnited States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A) advocates againstlabeling of GMO products (De Vendomois et al., 2009). This is despiteits effects on human health.
Inmy opinion, GMO foods are not fit for human consumption. From theabove research, GMO foods cause various diseases such as cancer. Incase companies have manufactured foods that contain GMO, they mustindicate this on the product label.
Argumentfor the use of red dyes in U.S products
Yoquito(2015) observes that cochineal in the red dye has no health risks.This red dye is used in lipsticks and other cosmetic products. It isalso used to coat pills. Red dye in yoghurt comes from crushedCochineal insects. These add the nutritional value of yoghurts.
Fooddyes are added into food to make it fun. They have no health effects.
Argumentagainst the use of red dyes in products in U.S
Youngand Hobson (2014) assert that all food dyes should not be allowed infoods. FDA committee research indicates that there is a closeconnection between food dyes (for example, red 3 and citrus red 2)and hyperactivity in children. After consuming these dyes, childrensuffer from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. Sagon(2013) adds that chemicals and additives in American foods such assnacks, drinks and packaged foods have been banned in othercountries. This is because they cause allergies, behavioral changesin children, and cancer. Example of such chemicals is the red 40.
Barrows,Lipman and Bailey (2014) argue that Federal Food Drug and CosmeticAct indicate that food dyes do not protect the health of the public.Dyed foods lack fruit and vegetable value causing defects in people.
Reddyes have various advantages and disadvantages. Some red dyes areused in cosmetic products while others are used in foods. In myopinion, citrus red and red 40 that cause allergies and cancer shouldbe banned from the market to avoid human consumption. In addition,Federal Food and Drug Act should license dyes that are fit for humanconsumption. The dye used when manufacturing any food product shouldbe indicated in the ingredients list.
Acosta,L. (2014). Restrictionson genetically modified organisms: United States.Retrieved fromhttp://www.loc.gov/law/help/restrictions-on-gmos/usa.php
Barrows,J., Lipman, A., & Bailey, J. (2014). Coloradditives: FDAs regulatory process and historical perspectives.Retrievedfromhttp://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/ColorAdditives/RegulatoryProcessHistoricalPerspectives/#authors
Byrne,P., Pendell, D., & Graff, G. (2014). Labelingof genetically modified foods.Retrieved from http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09371.html.
DeVendômois, J.S., Roullier. F., Cellier. D., & Séralini, G.E.(2009). A comparison of the effects of three GM corn varieties onmammalian health. InternationalJournal Biological Sciences,5(7), 706-726.
Sagon,C. (2013). Eightfoods that we eat that other countries ban.Retrieved fromhttp://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/25/8-foods-we-eat-that-other-countries-ban/
Stewart,E. (2014). GMOsin food stir controversy.Retrieved fromhttp://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/2014/06/01/gmos-food-stir-controversy/9853235/
Yoquito,L. (2012). Thetruth about red food dye made from bugs.Retrieved fromhttp://www.livescience.com/36292-red-food-dye-bugs-cochineal-carmine.html
Young,R., & Hobson, J. (2014). WhyM&Ms are made with natural coloring in the EU and not the U.S.Retrievedfrom http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/03/28/artificial-dyes-candy