02/20/2014 06:08:00 PMCoral Beach
I would argue that Wal-Mart actually bears more blame than Primus Labs. Wal-Mart told its suppliers what kind of audit it needed, and apparently Jensen Farms passed that audit. Wal-Mart, being a large corporation, could very well dictate to its suppliers a more stringent audit that includes things like product testing. A Primus Labs audit is limited in scope to what is happening on an operation on a certain day, and is further limited by the type of audit requested. Everyone along the supply chain either knows or should know what an audit consists of. I would suggest that it Wal-Mart wants to better protect its customers, they should pay to do residue and microbiological testing on the produce that they buy.
The whole thing is getting carried away, what are we going to do, test every melon? Primus sold Wal-Mart on the idea that it's suppliers need to be certified. Primus makes money that way. Now Primus wants no liability, big surprise. The only thing Wal-Mart did wrong was to require these evidently worthless 3rd party audits. If they test every melon, is the food supply any safer? More tests, more inspections, less suppliers, more costs, where does the madness stop? If the cantaloupe were not washed, this wouldn't have happened. Little Johnny comes out of the bathroom at the store and then starts rummaging through the produce isle, did somebody test the produce? Little Johnny did.