Thursday, December 2, 2010

The food safety law

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) passed with a surprising majority of 73-25, giving federal regulators even more control of the food you eat. I just don't understand a lot of the legislation that comes from our government. If the government failed so utterly to "protect" us from salmonella and E. coli, why on Earth would you think that they would all of a sudden be able to? I guess we can't make the decision of what to eat ourselves.

So advocates of S. 510 claim that FDA did not have enough power to prevent any of these outbreaks or contain them when they occurred. This is absolutely NOT the case: the FDA has and unfortunately will have for a long time all of the power it needs to do it's job correctly. The problem is not how much control they have, it's that the FDA is just another muddled bureaucracy that cannot possibly expect to manage the ENTIRE U.S. agricultural and pharmaceutical industry (among others, I know). The advocates said the FDA rarely performed checks of food processing plants and other industry sites because they didn't have the authority or resources: bullshit, they had plenty. They are just another government bureaucracy that gets to force us to abide by silly rules and then has the balls to think they can set more of them because they failed to do their job.

You know what? If the food company screwed up and people got sick, then they have the right to sue them. Instead, this culture of regulation we've created insists that every failure of ANY company is a failure of the free market and regulation is needed to prevent further problems. This is a ridiculous thought process and it scares me. You don't get to blame the problems that occurred with the salmonella and E. coli cases on the free market or the lack of regulation, because we've already given everything we have to the god damn FDA. We barely have the legal authority to make sure our own product is safe, we have to rely on the government to do it for us. Let's see how that works out in the end. Oh wait, exhibit A just made itself apparent.

This whole thing is idiotic - the FDA needs to disappear. It's unconstitutional anyways.

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