Will food safety rules really make fewer people barf?

There’s been a few stories of late asserting that the U.S. feds’ delay in passing some new food safety rules is somehow making food more dangerous.

Maybe for the talking heads in Beltway-land, but there is no evidence any rule would have made a cantaloupe farmer add sanitizer to his wash water and not kill 35 people.

The animal welfare types figured this out a long time ago: don’t even bother with government, go to retail and consumers’ pocketbooks. That change, even in the absence of evidence, happens much faster.

Producers, take responsibility for your own food safety. Do you really need a babysitter?