Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Now Its the Jalapenos

This Salmonella outbreak and specifically what the federal government has done and continues to do is something that really ticks me off.

I appreciate the job they do at the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). What I do not appreciate is their ability to prevent the America workers from making a living due to their punitive policies.

Their initial public reactions were to blame tomatoes. Hundreds of millions of dollars later, they realized that was a mistake. It was not the tomatoes after all. It is now the jalapenos.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that one jalapeno pepper sample is a positive genetic match with the Salmonella Saintpaul strain causing the current Salmonella outbreak.

The positive sample was obtained during an FDA inspection at a produce distribution center in McAllen, Texas. The pepper was grown on a farm in Mexico, however, that does not mean that the pepper was contaminated in Mexico.

The produce distribution center, Agricola Zaragoza, is working with FDA to voluntarily recall jalapeno peppers the company distributed since June 30, 2008.
Now every jalapeno grower, distribution center, restaurant and retail outlet involving jalapenos will be emptying their shelves and throwing millions of dollars away. It seems to be an over-reaction. They says "voluntarily recall" but everyone will be involved, involuntarily.

The federal government has too big of a hand in everyday society. A few people's actions will have a huge economic impact on economic solvency of many of our food industry segments.

What recourse do all of those businesses that lost money on a tomato false-positive have? They all lost money on a erroneous governmental conclusion.

This all or nothing recall system seems extreme. It tells me they have little control over what comes in and out of this country and when a problem is found, everyone must pay the price.

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