I hate to bring up questions when I don’t have any answers, but I am going to do it anyway. The news today contains a recall of beef, expanding t0 21.7 MILLION pound of hamburger “possibly” containing e. coli. Believe me, if this stuff was safe, the manufacturer would not be recalling it. That’s a lot of money off the hoof.
It seems like every day there is another recall of something that will kill either you, your children, or your pets. Some days it’s meat. Some days it’s designer lettuce. Some days it’s dog food. Some days it’s toys. The only thing that is sure is that it is happening more and more often and that makes me nervous as hell. I don’t understand why the problem is getting worse and I have no idea what to do about it. I’m not sure anybody does or it probably wouldn’t be happening.
It is certainly a world-wide problem. Dog food ingredients from China. Beef and greens from the United States. Back to China for lead-painted toys. Grapes from Peru. It could be absolutely anything. Are we no longer being careful about how we deal with food? It is hard to believe that even the impersonal major corporations of the world are willing to sell us food that will kill us, just to make a buck. I don’t see how that could possibly be good for business.
Have we finally overmedicated our beef cattle and over-crapped on our designer lettuce to the point where disease in our food is inevitable? I hate to think that, because I really love food of all kinds. I don’t like to think that it may instantly kill me, even if it may kill me over the long haul. I don’t want e. coli with my food, thank you, even though I do occasionally want fries with that.
Any ideas? What do we do about this. Have we gotten careless? Have we polluted our agricultural animals and land beyond repair with drugs and chemicals? Has the FDA just been taking a long nap? Have we abandoned all safeguards?
Will it ever be safe to eat again?
Just to add to this story, your Federal government (via Dr. Richard Raymond of the FDA) wishes to inform us that the U.S. meat supply is “the safest in the world” and that the government was “on top of the problem.” Please look around the world and find me a similar problem anywhere, anywhere else. Dr. Raymond, and his FDA, are more full of crap than this tainted beef is.