The food contamination cases in the Philippines is witnessing a considerable rise in recent years. There has been a greater public outcry to bring in strict food safety regulations and rules to contain the contamination cases. Food contamination cases seem to be a major problem in this island nation and that can be considered as a serious problem in the future.
The Philippines is expected to have an estimated population of 94 million people which makes it the 12th most populous country in the world. The country is among the most sought after travel destinations in the world owing to the tourist attractions that are present in the country.
One of the most notable food contamination cases took place in the year 2008. In 2008, it was found that many milk products that were distributed across the country were found to have traces of an industrial chemical known as melamine.
Melamine is an industrial chemical that has the ability to cause bladder as well as kidney stones in affected people. If the person is additionally suffering from any kind of chronic exposure, then the possibilities of bladder cancer as well as acute kidney failure cannot be left unseen. Melamine usage may also result in reproductive damage as well as an irritant to eye, skin and respiratory organs.
Other cases of contamination that have been reported in the Philippines include the presence of formaldehyde content considered to be carcinogenic found in the candy products.
Other cases of contamination include peanut butter spread and also noodle brands that contained bacteria salmonella. Bacteria salmonella is harmful to the intestine of the affected person. The presence of salmonella in food may result in the person getting affected with typhoid fever as well as foodborne illness. The sources of Salmonella may include infected food, excretions from sick people, poor kitchen hygiene etc.
The reporting of these cases led to the withdrawal of those contaminated products from the market and the rise of a public agitation demanding the enforcement of stricter food regulation norms in the country.
An in-depth analysis of the food contamination incidents that took place in the Philippines reveals the role of bacteria which is considered to be the most common cause of food contamination.
Bacteria are the products of nature and it is natural that they are present in the global environment playing roles as health intimidators and disease vectors. Bacteria are very much prone to invading the body of the people in many ways. Several people die of bacterial infections each and every year.
Salmonella bacteria and also E.coli can be considered as a few among the many bacteria that results in causing food contamination. Cholera is also a well known and dangerous bacterium that happens to affect the body of the individual by means of tainted water.
A recent study revealed that the risk of having bacterial contamination is now not just limited to food products, but also to several herbal medicines. Bacterial contamination was found in several cough remedies which was not in line with the safety guidelines set by Philippine FDA and can turn out to be harmful if ingested.
The possibility of adverse side effects caused by bacterial contamination includes vomiting, abdominal pain that can lead to life-threatening dehydration. Children, Older people, women, and their fetuses, as well as cancer patients and HIV Patients, seems to be the most prone to bacterial infections because of their unhealthy immune system.
A stronger and stricter food regulation norms combined with hygienic manufacturing of the food items as well as medicines by the manufacturers seem to be the only way forward to reduce the impact of bacteria caused food contamination diseases especially in a country like the Philippines. As far as the consumers are concerned, they will have to be more selective while selecting the quality of the products they buy.