Out of curiosity, is there some kind of FDA Reference for Ethics, eg as per post #31.?
i always thought the Ethics of most Businesses are based on Regulations and the "bottom line" ?
Rgds / Charles.C
There is not an FDA requirement. Employment issues are handled under other agencies. Most companies are compliant, although there was recently a firm in Los Angeles which got in trouble for holding Chinese people hostage at their factory. Bottom line is definitely the motivator and the cost of an attorney really damages the bottom line.
I found the link you provided very interesting, however think forcing ethics is usually not successful. To me it is analogous to the US experiment with prohibition which was a miserable failure. You cannot legislate morality, and passing a law may feel good, but can't encompass all of the possibilities. When my children were babies they had an extremely high metabolism. It was very hard to get enough calories in them for them to gain weight, especially in a grocery store full of things like non-fat yogurt. Every thing was aimed at losing weight not gaining weight especially when discussing healthy calories. Banning a large soda isn't the solution. If a person really wants that much soda, then they will pay more for several smaller ones. Which may be the point to make more money for the companies. Personally when I go the movies with my kids we buy one large soda and share....its 1/3rd the price and we still get the same amount.
There was interesting documentary on PBS (Public Broadcast Service) which discussed the rise in obesity and linked it to the rise of corn syrup. The best solution is we the consumer to vote with our dollars and force healthier choices by our purchasing power, not the with a law. But especially those of us in areas where much of our food is shipped in and in metropolitan areas, combined with busy schedules make processed food an attractive option and usually a cheaper one. Ultimately we have to realize that we "can't have it all" and make our choices accordingly. .