Scrutiny in the Food Chain

It’s easy to let ourselves think that every transaction is an ethical one, but the fact is that there is constant pressure to bend the rules.

Here are two examples from the food industry that show what can happen when suppliers engage in “any means necessary” to get a contract. The double whammy of these ethical lapses is that buying organizations were not only paying more than they should, but they were also receiving food that had not passed quality tests.

From the FBI, news of sentencing in a racketeering and price fixing case involving tomatoes.

FBI Release — Sentencing in SK Foods case.

In the second case, a former president and CEO of Peanut Corporation of America and others have been indicted for selling peanuts contaminated with salmonella.

Food Safety Monitor — Peanut Executives Indicted




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