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Americans constantly consume food obtained from supermarkets and restaurants, include the fast food and drive-thru variety, and they are greatly dependent on the quality of the products, specifically their lack of contamination. Authorities at various levels of government inspect the products and procedures used in their handling. Much of the work, of course, is done through self-compliance by millions of workers who do what they should be doing to follow procedures set by their employers and regulators. Years ago, packaging of many products was improved to prevent problems.

Rare cases where people tamper with items are disturbing. One of those, allegedly, involves David Clare Lohr, 49, who faces multiple charges in Arizona and California. He was arrested more than a year ago after Target employees reported seeing him pour a chemical on food items at a store in Ahwatukee Foothills. Earlier this year he was indicted for pouring bleach or hydrogen peroxide on food items. He allegedly tampered with food items at seven stores over a period of weeks. The Arizona Republic quoted state officials as saying that none of the tainted food was consumed.

To make matters worse, Lohr was released and then allegedly committed offenses in California, where he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is in federal custody there but is to face prosecution in Arizona when federal prosecution ends. This is a troubling situation, and we can only hope that Lohr will face justice without interim release from custody.

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