Five years ago, the federal government decided to increase safety measures concerning the manufacture and processing of foods. Yet, the procedures are not working as had hoped. In the last month, Topps Meat Co. went out of business after its ground beef patties were found to be contaminated with the deadly e coli bacteria. Previous food contamination cases involved spinach, lettuce, and ice cream. This has led some industry analysts to conclude that the new safety measures enacted five years ago are not being enforced in all food processing plants. This poses a serious threat to consumers and their health as well as consumer confidence in the grocery market.