Why I read Aetiology
Posted by Charles II on June 15, 2012
Tara Smith is posting essays by her students on her blog, Aetiology. This one by Riva Ben-Ezra concerns the latest miracle fadfood:
Acai fruit comes from the Brazilian Amazon forests and is one of the main dietary staples of the native population.
Something that the FDA has not taken into consideration, however, is the presence of triatomines in Acai juice. Triatomines are blood-sucking insects that have been found in South America (mainly Brazil), Texas and Mexico. These bugs can carry a protozoan parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which is the causative agent for Chagas disease
So, given the fact that people can and do become infected with Trypanosoma cruzi through eating contaminated fruit and other foods, and given the fact that the WHO, EFSA, and the CDC all recognize that oral transmission of Chagas disease is an emerging infectious disease, how have our regulators addressed this risk?
The simple answer is: not at all.
Don’t you feel better about de-regulation already?
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