I heard many discussion over the inefficiency of government department handling food safety -how lenient to pass or even skip the food law and regulations and how slow they processes documentation. I have personally experience audit delays from government department and it wasn't a pleasant experience. We all knew how importance to get things done on time.
How important is the government when it comes to food safety? Do we just need them to pass our audit- to tell our customer that it is approved. Use our products without worry. Or beyond that?
We rely on the government for most of our public health. I understand it is their duty to work for the citizens but wasn't it our responsibility at the first place? Food recalls involving salmonella found in raw chicken in California while the USDA and CDC shut down its operations. Who is there to authorize and work out the recall initiatives? Limited support over public health. Imagine if it is not temporarily, who will act on these needs to regulate.
Critiques over government performance will always exist and it is up to the society to foster discussion, to get to know what is happening and to understand rationale beyond the issue. US government shut down is an evidence of what have been done for the public all these while and it is just something I discover from the shutdown.
Hey, I dislike inefficiency too but I am sure that I wouldn't want them to shut down.
Salmonella, flu, zombies and the CDC shutdown in mode. Retrieved from http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-09/salmonella-flu-zombies-and-the-cdc-in-shutdown-mode#! October 9, 2013.