FDA inspectors not worth peanuts – literally.

Why do we have to suffer the Food and Drug Administration’s incompetence? In the recent past it has been tainted spinach, baby formula, diseased meat and now it is a lethal outbreak of salmonella from infected peanuts. In just about every circumstance, children’s lives have been put at risk.

It is so bad, that the President himself is complaining. He stated last week that they should have caught this problem before now and as a result, the operation of the FDA will be completely reviewed. If they were in the private sector, they’d be bankrupt by now.

Why should these Government Agency employees be allowed to bumble their way through life, in their job-for-life jobs? I have written about the FDA before. How many more times must they be written about? Hopefully this President means what he says and hopefully heads will roll.

So far, eight people have died and five hundred and fifty have been made sick as a result of the salmonella outbreak from this dodgy peanut plant in Georgia. More than 250 of thoses cases were children. As President Obama pointed out; “we should be able to count on the government to keep our kids safe when they eat peanut butter”.

I was watching a documentary on cable last night and a New Yorker was talking about how he had wanted to get a job as an inspector in the 70′s. He wanted to be a food inspector and candidly explained that everyone knew that was where the most money could be made in kick-backs and bribes.

Of course, it goes without saying that the owner and managers of the peanut company should be prosecuted for manslaughter. It has been documented that they knowingly shipped products that tested positive for salmonella on twelve separate occasions during 2007 and 2008.