Monday, November 29, 2010

A Blogger's Food Safety Credo

I believe that every individual is entitled to a reliable supply of safe food and safe drinking water.

I believe that food producers, processors, distributors, transporters and handlers are morally, ethically and legally responsible for ensuring the safety of the food that passes through their hands.

I believe that the responsibility for producing and selling safe food does not vary with the size of the company.

I believe that both imported and domestically produced foods must meet the same high standards of safety.

I believe that legislators are duty-bound to develop and promulgate unambiguous food safety laws, and to update those laws as the situation and the science dictate.

I believe that legislators are duty-bound to provide government agencies with the regulatory tools and financial resources needed to enforce food safety laws.

I believe that government agencies and their personnel are morally and ethically responsible for rigorously enforcing all food safety laws and regulations.

I believe that companies and individuals who knowingly sell or supply contaminated food should be subject to prosecution for reckless endangerment and, if convicted, should be severely punished.

I believe that consumers are entitled to full, factual and prompt information on all food safety recalls and food-borne disease outbreaks.

I believe that consumers have a right to know where their food originated and what ingredients it contains.

I believe that consumers must accept responsibility for safely preparing, handling, and storing food at home.

Sadly, I also believe that we have a long way to go – both in the USA and elsewhere around the world – before my personal food safety credo becomes a reality.

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