Is the Food Industry ready for Regulation?

At least the New York Times seems to think so.

several food safety experts say, industry leaders are also questioning whether the weak produce-tracking rules that many of them once championed are more a curse than a blessing. As they tally the financial losses from the largest food-borne outbreak of illness in the last decade, produce businesses now show signs of embracing broader regulations for traceability.

“I think that now the industry is realizing based on this outbreak that we need to have the ability to trace back so we can segregate where the problem is and not devastate the entire industry,” said Mike Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia.

Of course one could say that the growers of tomatoes and spinach have already been devastated, but I’m really just picking at nits at this point. Nothing forces deep introspection better than losing hundreds of millions of dollars.

Meanwhile, I’ll remain cautiously optimistic. They could screw everything up by going the route of the Cattle industry (Tests? We don’t need no stinkin’ tests).