PROFITS & FOOD SAFETY
PROFITS & FOOD SAFETY:
THE CASE OF BMI
Jose works as a clerk at the headquarters of Best Meet International, LLC (BMI), a US-based food processing company.
With a history of over 60 years, the company has established a global food-processing network that supplies meat products to some of the restaurant chains in the world. During the course of his work, Jose comes across documents that suggest one subsidiary company of BMI has actually been repackaging and selling chicken and beef past their expiry dates in some developing countries. Jose is shocked. He knows that the Food and Drug Administration in the United States has banned such practices. In the US, government regulations are very strict about the food production dates and their sell-by dates, but in some developing countries, whose quality assurance supervision is lacking or outmoded, some businesses are likely to explore such loopholes. Even though some expired meat products may not cause serious health issues, such practice presents great potential threat to public health in those countries.