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Washing your hands is a no brainer. Common sense that should have been done years ago. The restaurant industry have been doing this for 30 years now. Manufacturers should have been doing this then as well. Gotta love gov't work.
I don't understand moron100's comment "gotta love gov't work," in the context that washing your hands is a no brainer, etc. Rather, I'd ask why private agribusiness did not institute the practice voluntarily, as an across the board mandate for their employees, with appropriate discipline for noncompliance. After all, employees' failure to do this simple thing can cost the company millions -- certainly more costly than establishing convenient hand-washing facilities, if they don't already exist. It's ridiculous to me that it needs to be mandated, but apparently it does.
The population of the US is about 311 million so a 1 billion cost increase to food prices annually means that everyone will pay an additional $3.22 annually (on average) or 6 cents per week.
Most food processors who have invested in a 'brand' for their product already require GMPs (Good Manufacturing Procedures) which include proper sanitation and personal hygiene. And all USDA inspected (ie meat and poultry) processing plants are inspected daily for proper sanitation. I work in the industry and Food Safety is something we do pretty well in this country. When I pick up a product off the shelf...I rarely think "is this product safe?". My biggest concern is food stuffs that come in from other countries that don't have the same vigor around food safety.
brotherkenny said: "...everyone will pay an additional $3.22 annually..."-----------------------An extra 3 bucks here, another 5 bucks there. Over time this kind of bureacratic nonsense has begun adding up to some serious coin. The food supply in this country has been 99.9999% safe for a long time now and it's NOT because of government action. Adding more hoops to jump through will not change anything except the prices of the goods. The already incredibly miniscule risk of buying 'tainted' food will remain unchanged.
Another added regulation at a high cost to the consumer that will accomplish absolutely nothing but larger government. You want safer food? Irradiate it. Safe. Cheap. Effective.
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