Over at the US Food Policy blog, Parke Wilde writes about the terrible track-record Foster Farms had with noncompliance leading up to it's widely publicized Salmonella outbreak.
Parke advocates for better public access to food safety information (such as, I presume, the public release of noncompliance reports written by food safety inspectors) as one approach to partially deal with food safety issues.
He also points out the main challenge with food safety: as consumers we often cannot directly observe whether a food is contaminated before purchase. Parke writes:
These innovations may, one day, prove to be a very powerful incentive for companies to provide safe food. The nice thing - from the consumers' perspective - is that they let us take action before an illness happens.