Globalization has made it cost-effective for manufacturers to purchase ingredients from lower cost countries around the world-but at what cost to consumers? As a result of the increase in globalization of the world's food supply and the ensuing food-scares, consumers are now, more than ever, demanding safe, quality food. This is due to the increase in food scares such as:
- Spinach contaminated with E. coli in 2006 that
resulted in the death of 3 people
- Pet food imported from China that was tainted
with melamine and killed more than 20 pets.
- Salmonella-tainted peanut butter, which affected
over 400 people and put 71 consumers in the
hospital in 2007