For decades, the ORA’s inspection force has been dwarfed by the number of companies the agency oversees. And as the food system has become increasingly globalized, the gap between the FDA’s capacity and its vast jurisdiction has grown exponentially. food companies might get inspected every four to five years, and the overwhelming majority of foreign producers never get inspected at all. The ORA now has about 1,100 food-safety inspectors — a seemingly large increase since 2009 but still a tiny force compared with the 377,000 domestic and foreign facilities it is nominally in charge of monitoring.
Meanwhile, back in the 1890s, Charles, with only $ in his pocket, paid one dollar of this to reach Vernon, Sutter County, where he went to work for two years milking cows on a dairy ranch for 50 cents a day. When he was 13 he paid a man $50 to teach him cheese-making, and in 1880, having saved most of his earnings, he went into the cheese business for himself, buying milk for five cents a gallon. Two years later he sold his interest, and rented a ranch in Yolo County, where he set up and operated a dairy and cheese plant for one year, purchasing his own cows.