Thinking about this whole peanut situation, I’ve grown more concerned as the recall list has grown, and what was once deemed safe a day or two ago becomes off limits, possibly after you’ve already eaten it. More than that, I’m concerned with this idea of food companies not taking the necessary precautions with a human necessity. It may at one time have been feasible and common for a family to feed itself on local and/or self-grown food, but we have, as a country, wandered far from that path with few exceptions. And now we hear about companies, who even with information telling them that one of their food products was not safe or healthy, deeming it still appropriate to sell their product to other companies, who go on an resell it in a variety of products. Is it for the bottom line that they would do this? Is it the distance between product and consumer creating that lack of concern? What exactly is it?
It reminds me so much of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. Instead of tainted meat we have tainted peanuts, but it’s really the same issue. When it comes to food products, the industrial business model just doesn’t work, especially when there are not regulatory agencies with enough power to make much of a difference. Cutting corners for profits may be good for business, but it’s not good for the many innocent people who get sick or die in the process.
Have times really changed all that much?