Nov 22, 2010
The FDA is supposed to ensure that commercially produced food and drugs are safe. But it has so few inspectors that most plants are not visited in years. And there are 250,000 more places overseas that supply food to the U.S. for which the FDA has no inspectors nor money.
The food industry, hiring their own inspectors, pretends to guarantee safe, clean food. The food businesses themselves decide who they will hire to inspect.
Some firms specialize in high-quality inspections with international standards. But most companies prefer the other ones! Wright County Egg, one of the big producers under investigation for the salmonella outbreak in August, had received a superior inspection rating – by a private inspection company paid for by Wright. They pay for a “clean bill of health” no matter how filthy the premises.
“It’s a business strategy, not a public health strategy,” said a former assistant commissioner of the FDA, David Acheson. And business strategy puts profits ahead of people.
That’s what makes it a killer system!