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Recent food contamination problems due to lack of regulation

Wanyas recently pondered why were were suddenly having a number of food outbreaks and i offhandedly suggested that it was probably that the Bush administration was probably being deliberately slack on enforcing regulations. That seems to actually be the case:

The industry pressured the Bush administration years ago to limit the paperwork companies would have to keep to help U.S. health investigators quickly trace produce that sickens consumers, according to interviews and government reports reviewed by The Associated Press.

The White House also killed a plan to require the industry to maintain electronic tracking records that could be reviewed easily during a crisis to search for an outbreak's source. Companies complained the proposals were too burdensome and costly, and warned they could disrupt the availability of consumers' favorite foods.

The apparent but unintended consequences of the lobbying success: a paper record-keeping system that has slowed investigators, with estimated business losses of $250 million. So far, nearly 1,300 people in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Canada have been sickened by salmonella since April.

By fnord12 | July 25, 2008, 8:50 AM | Liberal Outrage