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.
Want to know more? Then please feel free to browse Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives, published by the American Society for Microbiology Press.