As a consumer, you are not merely a spectator. However, let's say you are able to step aside to take a look at the food industry. Before long you will see casualties because some industry participants somewhere abandoned reason. A close look at the industry reveals a sad reality of an on-going recklessness that sporadically causes fatalities. The victims are individuals and companies alike.
Many practices in the industry that may seem to make sense are, in reality, time bombs. As is typical with time bombs, they may appear harmless and even attractive at times.
Hastily assembled and superficial - "Drive-Thru"- product safety solutions are one example of such time bombs. Drive-Thru solutions are easy to recognize. For example, a consultant may write a whole system management manual for a company that only touches on every bullet provided in a commercialized "standard" but completely ignores the daily realities faced by the company. Some who assess food safety systems remain fixated on the rule book to the detriment of the effectiveness of assessed systems.
Many training providers, after charging exorbitant fees, only provide definitions and theoretical information with only imagined practical applications. They offer a variety Drive-Thru training courses in Food Safety, HACCP and commercialized certification standards. These courses (many of which are on-line these days) have little to do with the daily operational and production floor realities that the companies represented by the training recipients face.