Meat Inspectors

It’s now becoming clear that among the most damaging casualties of deregulation and government cutbacks is the regulatory apparatus of inspectors who are supposed to make sure our still-multiplying food regulations are being adhered to. Suddenly, The Toronto Star tells us that 58,000 people are getting ill each year from tainted meat, and that we can save $172 million by spending $28 million on meat inspection. The math here smells as bad as the meat has lately, but neither are as high as the stink coming from the post-Walkerton Ontario government, which doesn’t seem to understand that laws without enforcement are worse than having no laws at all.

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