Imagine this hypothetical scenario: Willy Wonka decides to make a chocolate bar, and one of the main ingredients he decides to put in the bar is shiny metallic razor blades because they look pretty and children like pretty things. Now, this scenario might at first seem a little absurd, nobody would knowingly put a product like this in a chocolate bar and then sell it willingly. Certainly, if this were to occur the company would be held accountable for the child’s unfortunate stomach ache.
However, by today’s trade industry logic, the child would be at fault for not proving the product safe before ingesting it. It is not up to the companies selling products to us to ensure that they are safe for consumers: It is up to the consumers themselves to ensure that the products they are buying are safe.
This has been established practice for some time now and we, as consumers, have still chosen not to do anything about it. It is proven by recent events that world governments do make decisions based on popular protest. A few recent examples: Egypt’s head of state will not run in the next election; Steven Harper will over overturn the CRTC’s ruling on new unjust internet billing schemes; the Province of British Columbia will head to the polls this year in an attempt to overturn the Harmonized Sales Tax that the Liberals unjustly enacted without our public approval.
It is time that the people of this nation began a mass campaign to hold industry accountable for product safety before it hits the shelves of our supermarkets. People should not have to wonder if a product is safe for human consumption before they ingest it: If a product shows up for sale in our stores, we should not have to, as consumers, verify that it is safe for us. Industry must be held accountable for the products that we consume.
While razor blades in a Willy Wonka chocolate bar is rather outlandish, BPA in our canned goods is comparable. How about the safety of GMO’s that are on our shelves? What about that ingredient that nobody can even read on the label? While this story is old news, we ought not to allow it to be swept under the rug for later generations. We, as a group, should put an end to this nonsensical industry injustice. If you agree with this, please copy this letter, send it to your friends, and email it to your local MLA. Let us put an end to this madness.
~Justin Allen Philcox