Yet another so called authority charged with protecting the interests of consumers has been found out.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) discovered high levels of contamination in bottled water nearly a year ago but decided not to tell the public. Whatever the motives of the FSAI, the actual effect was to put consumers in danger while protecting the manufacturer.
This is a similar strategy to that employed by the so called Financial Regulator. Through a combination of stonewalling and secrecy laws, financial institutions are protected at the expense of the consumer.
It should also be noted that, once again, consumers only found out about this scandal through the media which, effectively, provides the only means of information and protection to Irish citizens.