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Subject: Why should this be an issue? Date: 10/11/2012 10:13 AM
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-11/food-sickens-millio...

During the past two decades, the food industry has taken over much of the FDA’s role in ensuring that what Americans eat is safe. The agency can’t come close to vetting its jurisdiction of $1.2 trillion in annual food sales.

In 2011, the FDA inspected 6 percent of domestic food producers and just 0.4 percent of importers. The FDA has had no rules for how often food producers must be inspected.

The food industry hires for-profit inspection companies -- known as third-party auditors -- who aren’t required by law to meet any federal standards and have no government supervision. Some of these monitors choose to follow guidelines from trade groups that include ConAgra Foods Inc. (CAG), Kraft Foods Inc. and Wal-Mart.

The private inspectors that companies select often check only those areas their clients ask them to review. That means they can miss deadly pathogens lurking in places they never examined.


There's too much regulation!!! Let's privatize this stuff! It's a free market... the consumer should be able to take care of this stuff themselves! The nanny state is too intrusive... it's costing us JOBS when we have to deal with all this paperwork! It's cutting into profits!

And those people who got sick? Who lost their jobs because of it? No health insurance? Died, due to this stuff? They should really educate themselves better. They need to watch out for this stuff. Bootstraps, I tell you! When America was great, people ate this kind of stuff every day and just got over it!

GSF
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