Pretty interesting, coming from an agribusiness publication.
Feedstuffs Foodlink (In Our Opinion...), Chuck Jolley, January 22, 2014
I attend a lot of food industry events, and almost every person who is asked to
speak on the safety of the U.S. food supply chain starts with the same trite,
baseball-hot dogs-and-apple pie comment. "In America, we should be proud that we
have the safest and most abundant food supply in the world."
The knee-jerk reaction of the audience is always a rousing salute that's usually
reserved for the American flag or applause that teenagers usually reserve for
Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus.
I've always wanted proof. "Safest and most abundant" is a very tall claim that I
just didn't think was supported by anecdotal evidence. Still, I couldn't find
any data that either supported or denied it. I heard the phrase again and again,
year after year, and cringed every time.
James Andrews, writing in Food Safety News, finally pointed me toward the truth.
We do not have the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. We're not
even in the top 10. In fact, we just missed the top 20.
Food Safety News source: