Friday, August 30, 2013

Just do the math: How reassuring to the people sickened in 22 states

Taylor Farms, Big Food Supplier, Grapples With Frequent Recalls. (The New York Times, 8/29/2013)

Point:   Bruce Taylor, chief executive of Taylor Farms, attributed the number of recalls to the sheer size of his company — it sells as much salad as its next three largest competitors combined. “Just if you do the sheer math, our recalls relative to our size are fewer than anybody else,” Mr. Taylor said.

Counterpoint:    Bill Marler, a lawyer who specializes in food safety litigation, also said that even for a company of its size, the rate of recalls by Taylor seemed a bit high. “That’s quite a number of recalls over that time period,” Mr. Marler said.

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