I don't eat processed foods for the exact same reason that I don't watch television: I just don't want to participate in that economy--an economy driven by greed and based on gulling people.
Food Companies Are Placing the Onus for Safety on Consumers
May 15, 2009
By MICHAEL MOSS
Increasingly, the corporations that supply Americans with processd foods are unable to guarantee the safety of their ingredients. In this case, ConAgra could not pinpoint which of the more than 25 ingredients in its pies was carrying salmonella. Other companies do not even know who is supplying their ingredients, let alone if those suppliers are screening the items for microbes and other potential dangers, interviews and documents show.
Yet the supply chain for ingredients in processed foods — from flavorings to flour to fruits and vegetables — is becoming more complex and global as the drive to keep food costs down intensifies. As a result, almost every element, not just red meat and poultry, is now a potential carrier of pathogens, government and industry officials concede.