I’ve just figured out how to cut nearly 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR from the US budget deficit.

All we have to do is to close down USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and FDA’s Food Safety activities (including the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition) and let the food industry take care of itself.

Just think. No more on-site inspectors in meat and poultry plants. No expensive government lab facilities with their high-priced staff. No mandatory HACCP. No mandated recalls. No bureaucratic nonsense about registering food facilities.

And no penny-ante fines and penalties for transgressions of food safety laws. Let the courts and the personal injury lawyers have their fun.

What’s the worst that could happen? After all, aren’t most companies ethical, and wouldn’t they bend over backwards to maintain their reputations?

So, there’d be an occasional lethal outbreak of Salmonella due to contaminated meat or poultry.

So, there’d be the odd outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 because of contaminated lettuce or melons.

So, every now and then, a company would knowingly ship Salmonella-contaminated food to its customers.

So, our raw poultry would have a 1:5 chance of being contaminated with Salmonella and would be guaranteed to contain Campylobacter.

So, a consumer couldn’t tell where a raw shell egg was produced or packaged simply by looking at the egg.

So, what’s the big deal? 

Would we be any worse off than we are under the present system?