Degrees of Socialism - Part II

I haven't yet read 'The Jungle', but I understand it inspired the US Federal government to begin regulating industries such as meat packing.  In the last couple decades, we have had addition food supply issues, including the constant threat of Mad Cow Disease, and bacteria contaminated vegetables.  Does this country need additional government regulations to protect the food consumers, or are there additional free market mechanisms which have not yet had an opportunity to be fully flexed?
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Anthony RussoCommented:
Regulation is needed in the food industry. The recent cantaloupe deaths show that. Without regulation, that would be more common place.

Without regulation, the company with the best marketing wins. Not the best product, or the safest product. The free market responds to better marketing over better quality. McDonald's anyone?

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Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterAuthor Commented:
Thank you!  Looks like there is at least one area where there was no disagreement that government involvement (and more involvement at that) is necessary.
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