The Epidemic Of The Meat Industry And Government Essay

1236 Words Aug 6th, 2014 5 Pages
The subject of regulation has been a constant battle between the meat industry and government. Failure to protect the safety of meat leads to a decline in consumer confidence in that product. The rise in E. coli and salmonella outbreaks clearly shows the need for meat regulation to restore consumer confidence in the industry. There really is shit in the meat as stated by Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. In 2011, statistics from the CDC supports Schlosser statement by reporting that 48 million Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3, 000 die from foodborne illness yearly; 78 percent of ground beef contained pathogens that were spread primarily by fecal matter (cdc.gov). When the meat industry can sell tainted meat and millions of Americans get sick or die, their freedoms should be regulated. In 1998, the government introduced a redesigned meat inspection called The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System (HACCP). This was done in response to the failed food safety reform implemented by the USDA in the wake of an E. coli outbreak (Johnson). The essence of this program was prevention. HACCP is important because it helps to control potential hazards in food production. By controlling major food risks, such as microbiological, chemical and physical contaminants, the industry can better assure consumers that its products are as safe as technology allows. By reducing foodborne hazards, public health protection is strengthened. Critics say this…

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