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‘Too big to fail’ is also unacceptable for food producers

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The massive egg recall — tainted with salmonella — is the latest straw in the unwieldy experiment of what happens when we run a “laissez-faire” style of food inspection. Spinach, tomato, eggs: you can make a nice meal over the foods that have had major food safety recalls.

Yet, we aren’t any closer to solving the problem, or even reducing the concern. The FDA chief did speak out noting that the agency wants the law to change to incorporate a “preventive approach.”

Apparently, the federal government has huge powers — ask Roger Clemens if he thinks the federal government is powerful — but can’t stop you from getting sick from food grown in highly questionable environments.

For much more coverage, tune into this column from my sister blog,


Written by democracysoup

August 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

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