Consumers Rely on Retailers for Safe Food

Feb 25, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The Food and Drink Europe web site reports “only about 2 per cent of imported food (to the US) is inspected by the Food and Drug Administration.”

Because of this, Lawrency Busch, director of the Institute for Food and Agriculture Standards, Michigan State University says, “Governments are no longer the primary gatekeepers of the safety of a food supply that has grown internationally more diverse and exotic. But instead, consumers will increasingly rely on those selling the food to keep it safe.”

Moderator’s Comment: Do you agree that consumers will
increase their reliance “on those selling food to keep it safe?” Who has the
responsibility to safeguard the food we eat?

Consumers returning a frozen item with freezer burn,
a milk container gone sour or moldy fruit to a store do not blame a government
agency, a manufacturer or themselves for the condition of the product purchased.[George
Anderson – Moderator

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