Bacteria in food Ok with Congress?

Got to thinking about this today.

There have been several food recalls in recent memory. Today, cookie dough.

If, in the wake of these food recalls, Congress passed a law requiring all food manufacturers to test EVERY batch of food, once completed, and before sale to the consumer, for bacteria, and if those tests were really expensive and most of the labs to do them were in China, then we might be coming close to the insanity of CPSIA.

Except, wait!

With children’s products that are UNPAINTED, there’s no chance of lead entering the product accidentally. If one tests their supplies pre-manufacture, there’s no way that lead could accidentally enter the product during manufacture or storage. (I mean, provided one is not storing their inventory in, for example, a battery factory.)

Lead doesn’t just grow on things, you know?

But bacteria DOES. I can make potato salad that’s perfectly good, and would test as just fine, free of disease. Then I can leave it out on the counter, or drip chicken juice on it, and voila – it becomes a bowl of diseased nastiness.

It’s so much easier to get bacteria in/growing in food than it is to get lead in a textile.

But yet it’s textiles that have to test post-manufacture, and food that does not. Sigh.

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About sarahtar

Our Family lives in central Iowa. We are Christians, conservatives, and crunchy granola heads. We love the outdoors, photography, and lindy hop. Turn ons are people who are polite, honesty, and really good root beer. Turn offs are mean people and people who make my life more difficult.

Posted on June 19, 2009, in Regulation. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Amen, Sister. Will the lunacy never end?

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