I will be working on a research article to uncover what kinds of laws and regulations food manufacturing companies need to abide by when labeling their packages with health claims. I will also be researching the any progress the FDA and other agencies have made as far as regulating these labels and its effect on what customers choose to purchase. The idea behind this article is to uncover the reasoning behind the seemingly ineffective regulations the United States has in place when it comes to food labeling regulations and how that effects the public and their health. 

Lynch, Holly Fernandez, and I. Glenn Cohen, editors. Fda in the Twenty-First Century : The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies. Columbia University Press, 2015.

In “FDA in the Twenty-First Century : The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies” Holly Lynch and Glenn Cohen provide very valuable information pertaining to the FDA and its struggle to provide safety, efficacy, and security of medicines and food products in the United States. It takes an in depth look at issues the FDA has faced over the years regarding funding, proper associations with industry, and public health concerns. The intended audience seems to be US citizens that are concerned with the regulations, or lack thereof, that the food they are consuming needs to go through in order to make it on the shelves of grocery stores.

Elliott, Charlene. Food Promotion, Consumption, and Controversy. AU Press, 2016.

In the book Food Promotion, Consumption, and Controversy, authors Elliott Charlene looks into the food industry laws and medias effect on the foods we choose to consume. The book also questions food items that are labelled with health related claims made by the manufacturer, that are often times not backed up with scientific research. The author examines topics such as ethics in food advertising, the true meaning of organic and natural, and other health claims, food tourism, obesity, and fears about food safety. The authors intended audience is likely those that are trying to purchase health foods, but are skeptical about the health claims many processed food companies claim on their packaging.

Jaworowska, Agnieszka. “Nutritional Challenges and Health Implications of Takeaway and Fast Food.” Nutrition Reviews, vol. 71, no. 5, 2013, pp. 310–318.

Agnieszka Jaworowska author of Nutritional Challenges and Health Implications of Takeaway and Fast Food wrote this article that reviews different negative changes to the average persons diet over the years and different factors that influenced those changes. The article also provides scientific evidence about the effects of a diet that is high in fast food consumption and saturated fats and the health risks associated with it. The intended audience is likely either individuals looking to change their poor eating habits or those that are already consuming a nutritious diet, and are attempting to get facts to back their claims to getting others to do the same.

Hemphill, Thomas A, and Syagnik Banerjee. “Genetically Modified Organisms and the U.s. Retail Food Labeling Controversy: Consumer Perceptions, Regulation, and Public Policy.” Business and Society Review, vol. 120, no. 3, 2015, pp. 435–464.

Thomas Hemphill wrote this article titled Genetically Modified Organisms and the U.s. Retail Food Labeling Controversy: Consumer Perceptions, Regulation, and Public Policy. This is a great article that reviews the laws and regulations about the labeling of GMOs in the United States as well as discussing the policy aruguements both for and against the mandatory labeling of GMOs. It also compiles all of this information as well as scientific evidence to determine the safety of consuming GMOs. The intended audience here is individuals that have concerns regarding the genetic modification of the food they are consuming, as well as the safety and health effects that GMO could contain.

Truman, Cynthia M. Food Issues, Policies, and Safety Considerations. Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2016.

Cynthia Truman provides an in depth look into the policies and laws surrounding different food controversies as well as the regulatory laws that food manufacturers need to follow when marketing their products. She gives a lot of great information on concerns that the public have regarding the safety of the food they are consuming as well as the authenticity of the claims that many food labels make, yet are not backed by sufficient information. Her intended audience is people that are skeptical about food safety laws and how it effects the food they are consuming and purchasing and how politics influence those laws.

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