“This is an excuse. The budget deficit is an excuse for the Republicans to undermine government plain and simple. They don’t just want to make cuts, they want to destroy. They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the department of education. They want to destroy your rights.”
The federal government has spent years considering whether to take steps to help keep dangerous strains of E. coli bacteria out of the food supply, a question that has become even more urgent in the face of a deadly wave of E. coli sickness that swept through Europe and raised alarms on both sides of the Atlantic.
Now, two major American companies, Costco Wholesale and Beef Products Inc., have gotten tired of waiting for regulators to act. They are proceeding with their own plans to protect customers.
Last month, Costco, one of the nation’s largest food retailers, quietly began requiring its suppliers of bagged produce, including salad greens and mixes, apple slices and baby carrots, to test for a broad range of toxic E. coli.
“We know this is where we have to go and there’s no reason to wait,” said Craig Wilson, the food safety director of Costco. In the last two weeks, he said, most produce suppliers have added a test that can detect the strain from the European outbreak as well.
We don’t need government to test our food.
Milton Friedman in a knockout.
Great article. One thing the far left continuously avoids discussing is the actual effectiveness of government policies or departments. To me, this article is more proof of two truths:
1) The private sector CAN do better than the public sector.
2) There are a number of companies in the private sector who choose to.
I think the government should be there to provide the bare minimum requirements – to set the bar to which the private sector competes to. Costco is a huge organization that can afford to test. What about the mom&pop local butcher, or local producer? Not so easy, which is why I still believe we need the government there – at a minimum. Unfortunately for this Administration, “at a minimum” is not a phrase in their vocabulary.
What about the mom&pop local butcher, or local producer?
How is the government regulating or testing them today?