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Monday, February 09, 2009

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Alex Tolley

Part of the problem, as we've seen in the meat industry, is lax, possibly corrupt, inspectors. I believe this case showed that local food safety inspection didn't catch the obvious problems, the question is why.

The mantra of the food industry has been, like the financial industry, self regulation. This simply does not work.

The FDA and USDA inspects just a fraction of food imports, which, we now know, could be badly contaminated, as the Chinese melamine debacle illustrated.

It's time we took regulation seriously, rather than hope for the best.

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