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Because the Republicans are in power and don't care about health issues or the environment. Let business do what it wants to the detriment of public health, safety, and the environment. (And they call themselves Christians.)
Purina (Nestlè, IIRC) is incredibly strict on anything. Usually the biggest names are maniacal regarding the safety of their products. Most of small-time producers, some of them property of big multinationals but under different (and cheaper) brands on the other hand...
Many food manifacturers don't really care if the products they sell are contaminated with glass shards or stone fragments.
Perhaps that is cultural.
In the US they do care because real cases of contamination can lead to a decrease in profits. Continued problems (repeats) can lead to brand depreciation that can last for years. That is because there are always competitors and people are willing to pay more if they think there is a quality difference (which there realistically would be if one product continued to be contaminated.)
My company is providing software interfaces for the car industry.
If there were no regulations we would get a lot more work to adjust for every car brand, that could possibly make us prohibitively expensive.
Standardization is a good thing.
But what every company wants is a monopoly situation on their services.
Just look at Apple, works really fine within their own acosystem. A pain to connect to others.
I work on controllers for environmental testing, and while some industries, such as automotive, probably wouldn't if there weren't federal safety regulations, we do work in enough industries that we'd still be doing this if there weren't federal laws.
The insurance industry was around prior to government regulations. Granted it's gotten a lot more regulated since WWII but it existed prior to that. Lloyds of London has been insuring shipping companies since before the rise of the steam engine.
I work for a payroll provider, as a software developer.
I would argue that, if not for federal and state laws and regulations, most if not all of the "information technology" industry would not exist. I mean, how hard is it to pay people when they provide a good or service? If you don't have to report to several other parties (the IRS, state and city tax authorities, EEOC, SEC, etc. ad ridiculum), paper record keeping is sufficient, even for very large companies, and it was so until well into the 1970's.
Yes, computers are really cool. Yes, the Internet is a thing. Yes, computers are useful and necessary for space travel, modern product design, scientific research, etc.
But would any of that happened at all if the damn government didn't require massive amounts of information about things that, in a proper society, shouldn't be any of their damned business?
Freedom? That is a worship word.
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