04/23/2012 11:50:00 AMTom Karst
I would expect increases in reporting since the start of the RFR. Probably continue to go up as the program takes hold. Its really not an issue for my facility, we want safe food and are ready to cooperate with any reasonable law like RFR that comes down the chain.
It is unfortunate that the USDA/MDP has been axed by the federal government effective next June. As somebody in the business put it quite accurately, our best 'line backer' in the team will be missed....
Ironically a program that has heightened awareness of pathogen hazards in fresh produce, will be axed because it "doesn't fit the mission of the USDA." We are an MDP lab and in the past month we’ve identified Salmonella in bagged RTE lettuce and Listeria monocytogenes in RTE sprouts. Both products were recalled before any human illness was detected through reported surveillance. As a consumer and taxpayer this program appears to be a very high return on investment. The mission statement of the USDA is “We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.” How doesn’t MDP it fit with the mission of USDA?
A huge loss for American consumers and a major hit to public health. Another win for corporation nation and commerce. http://www.PaulFDavis.com