High Compliance Rate for Food Safety is Not the Full Story
A 98.7% compliance rate is fine. That’s a great compliance rate. But it really obscures the deeper implications.
- These tests have no real relationship to quantity of material that is in or out of compliance.
- Just because the probability of non-compliance (and by extension, contamination) is very low (1.3%) doesn’t have any bearing on the potential consequences.
As fatal, or at least monumental food recalls remind us every year or so, that 1.3% failure rate is much more important than the corresponding 98.7% success rate. It is worth noting that the 2011-2012 year to which these statistics correspond is the same year in which Canada experienced its largest recall in history.