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Unlike, apparently, the majority of Americans these days, I read a daily newspaper (okay, it's the Boston Globe... at least it's not the Herald). But I also check the top stories in Google News at least twice a day, and I've been following the stories about the egg recall.

There's no surprise to it. Before, it was a story about ground beef, or chicken, or lettuce, or really whatever food is produced in vast quantities and distributed to a vast range of endpoints.

Nobody's perfect. I'm not one of those who believe that the starting points are run totally by cynical greedy bastards who cut every corner they can (even if it's true). But even the non-cynical reality says that when you decide to go with the efficiency and cost effectiveness of a single source point, then you also let yourself in for major problems if there is a problem with that source.

And then you need to recall half a billion eggs.


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Aug. 21st, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Same as lean manufacturing and just in time supply chains--it only takes one small glitch to throw the whole system into chaos.
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
[edit: or should that be "eggsactly"? :-P]

Edited at 2010-08-21 01:31 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
I did read it, so there!
And Breyers is one of our usual brands, feh. But it's better to know these things than not.
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