A Tip in Light of yet Another Food Recall

By Samantha Scinicariello on April 16, 2013

So Saturday night I opened up my computer to find out that yet another food recall had been issued, this time it was meat. Now it seems that we have recalls in this country every other week, and they range from packaged items to vegetables. I remember when I was in a high school cooking class watching videos on how often food gets contaminated, and I often found myself afterwards checking the internet to see how long the human body can survive on a water only diet. Seriously if you want to lose weight just watch some of those videos; you will never want to eat again. But the question really hit me on Saturday, “Aren’t there agencies for this?”

It seems to me that we have recalls more often than we have in a long time, maybe even more than we ever have, and yet we have more food regulations than we have ever had. Maybe it is just me but that seems somewhat contradictory. Now I do not claim to know a lot about the food industry or how it is run, but it seems that the country that can create Lunchables that last for years without expiration, could find a way to prevent E coli breakouts. Maybe we now just know more about these things so they get detected more often, but still with all the money going into government entities to regulate the food industry you would think the problem would at least be minimized. So that begs the question: what does that tell us about government entities set up for regulation?

These agencies receive a large amount of government funding in order to, in theory, protect average citizens and really be the administrative arm of the government. But if one of their most public agencies cannot even preform their job properly, what about those that are not in the public eye? Think about how much of a disaster the DPS office is whenever you have to get your driver’s license renewed, we can all only hope that other aspects of the bureaucracy work more smoothly than that. But that is just it, we do not know. We hear all these stories about food recalls and problems with our education system, and yet we just ignore it or assume that it will be handled by someone else. Well at the end of the day we pay for these things so in reality that makes it our responsibility to call out to research them and find out if the money we spend is being used wisely. I could be completely wrong about this and maybe I am blowing it out of proportion, but maybe now you will think about it; after all it is your money, you should at least know a little bit about where it is going.

So pretty much everything about me can be summed up as follows: I try to live life to the fullest. I love to run, to read, to write, to watch the news, and to pray. Anything that causes me to think outside the box or to puch myself further I like. I am quiet person but I am always tuned in.

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