A couple of unrelated stories examined the federal government's uncoordinated relationship with the food industry.
NBC's Pete Williams told us how Social Security and Immigration & Customs do not communicate. ICE raided a chain of Swift & Co meatpacking plants in search of illegal immigrant employees working with phony Social Security IDs. The raids arrested 600 workers in six states. Social Security only flags fabricated ID numbers, not authentic ones diverted for workers without documents.
ABC's Lisa Stark had A Closer Look into the Taco Bell chain's problem with e.coli poisoning. Apparently onions are now no longer thought to be to blame. Stark found no uniform federal system for ensuring food safety but "a patchwork of oversight and regulations." The food industry itself is "pushing for the government to do more to protect the food supply."
Please regulate me before I poison again!
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