Bribery=Big $$ in the Food Industry!!!

It has long been known that the Food Industry has a lot of power and control over what foods find their way onto American dinner plates. Take for instance, the recent massive bribery and scandal by Kraft Foods.  Robert Watson, a top ingredient buyer for the multi-billion dollar company, accepted a $20,000 bribe from a California based tomato processor in order to sell tainted tomato products with high levels of mold or other defects. In a nutshell, the tomato company sold millions and millions of pounds of moldy tomato’s to Kraft foods which then put them in their products. No one has gotten sick yet but as an editorial in the business section of  the NY Times states in a February 24th 2010 article, “The case has raised serious questions about how well food manufactures safeguard the quality of their ingredients.” Once again this brings us back to the fact to trust no one. Most food companies are out to make a buck and will do just about anything to accomplish that, even when it means selling rotten and smelly tomato’s. This should give you one more reason to NOT purchase or consume packaged and processed foods.  You probably wouldn’t notice if their were tainted tomato’s in a can of tomato paste or a jar of spaghetti sauce, but I am guessing that if you made your own tomato paste or spaghetti sauce you probably wouldn’t throw in a bunch of rotten or moldy tomato’s.  Please let me repeat the lesson for today…..TRUST NO ONE, read ingredient labels, and learn how to cook using fresh and wholesome ingredients. The life you save might be your own…………………………

Source: The New York Times, “Bribes let tomato vendor sell tainted food” written by William Neuman, Published on February 24th, 2010

2 thoughts on “Bribery=Big $$ in the Food Industry!!!

  1. Kathy

    Ok, not good when a large company like Kraft is involved like this. YUK!!! Glad i make most of my own sause in the summer with fresh tomatoes I grow.

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