Food For Thought 2.23.09

"When you order a recall and don't get a response, you've got to do something to protect the public." (Doug McBride of the Texas Department of State Health Services, noting that the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Plainview had not responded to an order to recall all products shipped from the facility. Of course, some believe big government should leave entrepreneurs and companies alone to police themselves...something McDonald's manages fairly well, but other corporate entities, such as PCA, show clear disinterest in public health. As noted earlier, as well, cutbacks and economic woes leave the state short of inspectors--to the tune of one inspector for every 618 food plants and distributors. Reported by the Associated Press.)

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