Yesterday, FIC blogged about the KING 5 News investigative story in Washington state, where two former USDA inspectors exposed Snokist's "reprocessing" of moldy applesauce and the agency's dismissal of their complaints. The Seattle-based news outlet has now done a follow-up piece that explores the conflicts of interest between USDA and the food industry that may keep the agency from tackling serious health concerns in the food supply. One highlight:
Records obtained by the KING 5 Investigators show Snokist paid more than a half-million dollars in user fees to the USDA in just over three years. The fees pay for USDA inspections and services to monitor the food Snokist is sending to USDA programs like school lunches and food banks.
The inspectors believe their boss ignored their concerns about the applesauce because he didn’t want to lose the money Snokist’s contract brought in to the USDA.