The egg recall brands list may expand soon. The list of the recalled eggs has already grown, as the great egg recall of 2010 continues. So what does the ever looming list of brands imply? Does it ask an important question about American businesses?
I’ve watched the past couple of years as recalls announced seem to keep increasing. From automobiles to baby’s cribs to produce, chicken, and now eggs it seems as if American businesses are having a big problem with quality.
I can’t cook breakfast, lay my son down for a nap, drive down the road, eat a healthy lunch, or take a pill for a headache without checking to see if the products I am about to use have been recalled.
By far the largest recall was from Toyota – a Japanese company once hailed as THE leader in quality initiatives. However, many of the plants were errors were made were right here in the US.
So what is it with all of these recalls? Can’t we get anything right?
As a small child, my grandfather was a master mechanic for the GM executive fleet. He wore a white hat with an American flag on it. It was one of those “old men” hats with the mesh back and that goofy plastic size clip in the back that has been made obsolete over the years. He wouldn’t buy anything unless it was made in the US. Why? Quality.
Quality. Quality. Quality. So he’d scuffle around in his light blue Sears Roebuck & Company jeans, SAS shoes, and a white T-shirt and mumble about how “them Asians” produced “nothing but junk” and that one day America would remember the quality we produce and come back to our goods.
That never happened. The message in America is “the cheaper, the better.” When you sacrifice price, you sacrifice quality. Since the American consumer doesn’t DEMAND quality, then why on earth would any company go the extra mile and incur the extra cost to give it?
It’s the same for toys, cribs, cars, and medicine as it is for eggs, produce, and food items. Companies are going to do what they can to cut costs to the lowest possible since American consumers want to pay the least amount possible. Sadly, this means even cutting corners that could make us sick.
If you think that the egg recall of 2010 is some big mistake – something major that was innocently overlooked…think again. The man behind the egg farms which started the recall is a “habitual offender.” He’s been cited time and time again, and can’t even open up any more farms in Iowa.
But hey…he produces eggs, and he does it cheaper than anyone else. And so we buy them blindly without asking questions. So ask yourself this…whose fault are the recalls, really?
Egg Safety Center
Margaret Grant, Indyposted.com: FDA Chief Desire More Power after Egg Recall of 2010