As someone mentioned in the comments, we really are back to the days of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”:
In interviews, six USDA inspectors working in the pilot plants raised health concerns. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they believed their jobs would be in jeopardy otherwise.
Several said company and government workers are yelled at, threatened and shunned if they try to slow down or stop the accelerated processing lines or complain too aggressively about inadequate safety checks. They also warned that the reduction in the ranks of government inspectors in the plants has compromised the safety of the meat.
“We are no longer in charge of safety,” said an inspector with more than 15 years of experience. “That’s what the public needs to know.”
Yes, from the same people who keep telling us they’re keeping us secure, a nation where the food isn’t safe to eat. Progress!
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This situation is the Republican-Libertarian dream world. The (free) market place will take care of everything. Just ask Chile.
But, on the plus side, there’s, you know, money.
The liebertarian dream is a nightmare. Free market my ass. The perpetrators of poisoning us are never allowed to pay for their criminality.
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