Food For Thought 3.09.09
"The contribution of third-party audits to food safety is the same as the contribution of mail-order diploma mills to education." (Mansour Samadpour, a Seattle-based food safety consultant, commenting on the fact that, with government inspectors under greater pressure due to cutbacks and other issues, private auditors are often charged with monitoring food processing plants. A third-party auditor had approved the now infamous Peanut Corporation of America. As quoted by the New York Times.)
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