Food Safety Legislation & Regulation: Egg Recall

The linked article below provides an informed & historical perspective on the complex food safety regulation protocols that made the recent recall of 550,000,000 eggs so complicated & slow.

Food Safety Legislation Won’t Mend Regulatory Divide

Judging from the article, it looks like a lack of reasonably enforceable oversight created the opportunity for producers to potentially game the convoluted system of food safety regulation. Thankfully, the U.S. Congress is attempting to fix the recall routine, to “clarify authority” & streamline the process of holding negligent (in this case, possibly criminally negligent) producers’ feet to the fire.

While we welcome any good-faith attempt to keep us safer from unsanitary foods & other unsafe products, we regret that something akin to the current legislation wasn’t passed much sooner. Had that been the case, the current spate of egg-borne salmonella enteritidis–the same that has sickened more than 1,500 people–may have been more easily avoided. That being said, we applaud this latest development as a step in the right direction for consumer protection.

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