I could argue how meat inspections are ACTUALLY conducted (as opposed to what people think), I could argue that health inspections are ineffective in preventing food poisoning and I could also argue that any business that does not observe common sense cleanliness will not be in business for long.
Pasteurization was needed a century ago, but today's knowledge, availability of stainless equipment, and grading of milk amongst many factors, makes raw milk today much safer than that which was drunk by your great grandparents.
If you had read any of the many books about the modern meat, grain, fast food (just read fast food nation), processed food industries you would not be so trusting when it comes to putting your safety in the hands of a govt. Past and current policies, as well as the gov't's influence on the direction of these industries has had a direct affect on our country's obesity.
Inspections, as currently done, will not, cannot, prevent you from eating beef from a cow infected with mad cow's disease. If you buy a tube of ground beef you are likely eating beef from thousands of cows and all it takes is one....consider how often thousands of tons of beef are recalled periodically. Do you think it was caught by a federal inspector? ha
IMHO if the govt had stayed out of it all we would be much better off now.
I have a problem when it comes to other's telling me how I should lead my life...something called freedom. Ben Franklin wrote: "Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither".
Here in Texas when the raw milk issue came up (to legalize) guess who was against it.... The big Dairy producers...We won a small victory by making it legal to buy directly from a farm, but heaven forbid that raw milk be allowed to compete with the lesser quality milk that could not be sold raw, but can be once pasteurized (can you say, mastitis?).