The Salmonella-laced peanut butter scare from that Geogia plant certainly has raised the ire of a lot of consumers and food advocates and experts out there. As well it should (19,000 people sick in 43 states and 8 deaths so far). The Opinion section of the New York Times has a running commentary on what to do about it.
One suggestion put up has been to create a new Dept. of Food. That’s not my choice – it seems like we’ve got to start fixing what’s broken and stop this attitude of “new” is better. If you’re interested in the debate and some other suggestions you can join in here.