Most people believe that without government meat inspection, food would be filthy. We read The Jungle, Upton Sinclair's depiction of the meatpacking business, and assume that the FDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service are all that stand between us and E. coli. Meatpacking conditions were disgusting. Government intervened. Now, we're safe! A happy ending to a story of callous greed.
But that's bunk, writes John Stossel.