All Jumping on Board

Headlines and news stories have been appearing lately about companies, consumer packaged goods (CPGs) and restaurant chains, who are going to start eliminating artificial additives in their food in the coming years.

I say, it’s about time and what took you so long to make this decision? Certainly it’s not because of interest for the public’s health. Or, this change would have taken place years ago or you would have had products not containing it in the first place…like Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating for 30 years!

CPGs and restaurants are running around like chickens with their heads cut off right now, if you ask me.

Their recent decisions to make changes albeit good decisions, but decisions rooted in necessity to keep up with demand from well-informed, educated consumers like you.

These decisions of late are also stemming from pressure the companies may be feeling in other areas that have a trickling effect on them to make more and greater changes. It may very well be due to anticipated government mandates in the coming years and wanting to stay ahead of the curve. Or, it could very well be a case of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ and not wanting to be left behind.

Our government, bless them, for all the good they do, they are often the last one to the dance. They see industrialized countries, including Europe, ban artificial additives but due to their limited budgets, manpower and ability, continue with what has been long deemed as ‘safe’ so nothing gets removed from the safe list without a whole lot of work, pressure and public outcry.

Look at trans fats, after years and years of the public speaking out and the scientific community speaking about how unsafe this manmade fat is in our food supply, finally they are pushing to make it an item not deemed safe for human consumption. It may take years, but at least it’s a work in progress…finally!

I applaud such progress, but at the very same time, I also wonder when will artificial food dyes and sweeteners get their day in court? When will they face the same scrutiny as trans fats and be required to be removed from the U.S. food supply?

Many years ago, long before there was a Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, and I was merely a registered nurse, mother and wife who was concerned about artificial additives in foods. The FDA told me outright, that once it’s on the safe list, it is nearly impossible to have it removed and placed on the banned list. WOW! Was my reaction then and now, let’s get moving in the right direction and help our country catch up with the rest of the world.

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