Romano: State regulators play hot potato with 'Farm to Fable' revelations
In its first 48 hours online, a riveting expose by Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley had already been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people across the country.
From the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse to National Public Radio, it seemed the revelation of how restaurants and food vendors used misleading and deceptive claims to entice customers elicited opinions from everyone.
Except, apparently, the people in a position to stop it.
You would think Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam would be the logical choice to solve the problem, but his office said this was a Department of Business and Professional Regulation issue. The folks at DBPR suggested I check back with Agriculture. Gov. Rick Scott's office offered neither opinion nor confirmation that he even knew about the issue or the story.
Do you suppose this might explain why the restaurant ruse is allowed to thrive?