After his mother died from eating contaminated peanut butter, Jeff Almer went to Washington to push for legislation that might save others from similar fates. And then he went again. And again. And again. But the Senate has still not acted to fix many of the flaws in the nation’s food safety system — although a bill to do so has broad bipartisan support, is a priority for the Obama administration and has the backing of both industry and consumer groups. The House passed its version of the bill more than a year ago. “It’s so frustrating,” said Mr. Almer, of Savage, Minn. “I don’t even know who to blame.”
I blame the Senate, but that part is easy.
I think food producers and all the other links in the chain should start to worry about public trust, and gladly accept increased regulation.
When the latest egg recall came out, I did a simple calculation standing in front of my refrigerator, where I weighed “eating eggs” with “whether I can afford to get sick from eating eggs”.
Since I don’t get paid if I don’t work, I pitched the eggs. I don’t know what other people are doing, but I’m not particularly or extraordinarily cautious with food. The recalls and deaths and illness since, oh, 2005 finally got to me, and I’m going with “not worth it”.
I don’t want to hear any complaints from the ag industry when people approach their products with a lot of trepidation. They should be begging the FDA to help them restore trust, not fighting regulation.