Gratitude Post #9: FDA Part 1

If you’ve recently read the L.A. Times, you’re certainly aware of the food safety concerns the Chinese government is contending with. (Google it.) Sure, we’ve got issues in America, with our pink meat taffy processed into happy little chicken nuggets. But we’ve also got much more transparency and disclosure when it comes to consumer products.

The Food and Drug Administration was established in 1930, after the creation of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 (thank you, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle). The FDA oversees and promotes public safety by regulating industries such as food, drug and cosmetics. And by George, I am grateful for it. As an expat in China, I have tremendous concerns about the meat and produce I purchase. I tend to purchase imported dairy items, like UHP (uber-pasteurized) boxed milk from Germany or the U.S. or imported Land o’ Lakes cheese and butter. I’m still working on finding the safest cuts of meat for consumption but am at a loss knowing the wisest way to research it. Needless to say, with the high cost of living and many import items I buy, my food bill is double the cost of what I was paying for quality items in the United States.

At meal times, praying for the Lord to “bless our food” has taken on a whole new meaning.

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