Let’s say you have millions of pounds of tomato products that have high levels of mold. Do you:
- Throw the stuff away and claim a tax break?
- Reprocess the sauce as animal feed?
- Bribe a food industry exec and certify the products as safe?
If you answered 3, you might be qualified to work in America’s food industry. Note I said United States, not China. You see, that is what happened according to The New York Times.
In fact, four purchasing managers at Kraft, Frito-Lay, Safeway and B&G Foods “have pleaded guilty to taking bribes.” While I’m sure these companies were as shocked by the allegation as those of us feeding our kids these products, the cases illustrate the problem of monitoring the food suppliers.
In this case, the problem allegedly was SK Foods, which for some reason had a lot of yucky tomato paste and puree on hand: