US regulatory food incompetence

Just in case anyone was subdued into acceptance of the idea that the USA food system functions well – never mind even better than the UK or EU systems, we should just take on board, that here is the world’s largest meatpacker recalling 6.9 million pounds of beef linked to antibiotic-resistant Salmonella.

So input antibiotics into animals and achieve antibiotic resistance in humans.

What’s not to like?

I hope Doctor (thankfully, not mine) Liam Fox is encouraged.


  1. Sean Danaher -

    I lived in the US but a long time ago when Carter was president. Its extraordinary how a once great country has been so abused by large corporations, greed and neoliberalism.

  2. Bruce Gray -

    Living in the U.S., I can honestly say it is a sad state of affairs when you have to constantly worry about whether or not your food is safe to eat. To make matters worse the Trump administration is looking to further weaken FDA regulations so that the giant agribusinesses can rake in even greater profits. Sickening, both literally and figuratively.

    1. Sean Danaher -

      The EU has much higher standards but there is a big worry if Brexit happens the UK will more resemble the US.


      Years ago Nasa developed something called Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). It was an extremely systematic approach to guaranteeing quality control on foods, primarily for the reason that it is very, very problematic if an astronaut gets diarrhoea. The EU adopted this very high standard in 2006.

      The US, on the other hand, has much lower standards. The EU rejects US standards on the levels of pesticides residue in fruit, for instance, hormone injections in beef and chlorine wash for poultry. It has strict and very welcome requirements on the excess and routine use of antimicrobials in agriculture. Anyone who has had their life saved by antibiotics will recognise why this is sensible long-term rule-making.

      1. Bruce Gray -

        Thanks for the article, fascinating and frightening at the same time. Brexit and Trumpism: how to survive and minimize the damage seems to be the operational mode.

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