Well, when I was a kid before the so called great society, I recall fewer, if any, incidents of food with actual poison in it. Beef was always beef. Same for milk. I do recall the Ford Pinto having potential explosion on impact issues, which were uncovered not by regulators, but a by free press. Funny, 35 years later, we see Chevy recalls their Volts. Apparently they're catching fire. I guess decades of ever increasing government regulation just hasn't been quite enough to rid us of the scourge of exploding cars... We passed the reasonable stage a long, long time ago.