One of you will end up here next!
Also, people don't know if the meat they're buying has been contaminated or not, they simply buy it and hope that regulatory bodies have done their job. In this case the poisoned meat was caught in time but it wasn't due to consumer choices or industry self-regulating, it was due to government.
I'm sorry, but when it comes to public health it should never be left up to supply and demand, or trust in the idea that companies will look out for the public. They are private businesses and their number one goal is maximization of profits, which is the whole reason why deadly strains of listeria and salmonella are finding their way into food: the companies are getting lazy and the government is not calling them on it.
I sympathize with libertarian ideals but they're not universally applicable. Sometimes regulation is definitely needed and this is one case where I unshakeably think that it is.
Last edited by Orion; 08-24-10 at 02:38 PM.
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