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A shocking study by a food task force finds Detroit severely lacking in quality food retailers. The majority carry inventory that just might make you gag: rotten produce (18 per cent), expired food (38 per cent) and expired meat (22 per cent).
Others are notorious for dirty conditions, including the presence of mould.
Clearly, food safety and sanitation pose a health risk to consumers. But there’s also the issue of how much this is hurting the city’s economy and low-income inhabitants,.
As the study point outs, Detroiters spend roughly $200 million per year purchasing groceries outside the city—”lost revenues that if spent inside the city could result in increased local tax revenues and economic growth.” And the repeated inspections and enforcement measures are putting a strain on taxpayer resources.
As for consumers, the poor, minorities and children unsurprisingly get the short end of the stick. Noting a disparity among retailers and the growing wealth divide, the study finds anyone on the wrong side of the tracks has limited access to non-toxic food. Their only hope for a decent meal would come by moving to a better neighbourhood.