Even though the FDA allows a certain amount of rat feces, animal hair, insect parts and insecticides/poisons in our mass produced foods, seems to me that 'zero' would be a good number to strive for. Since that goal doesn't seem to be on the menu, I guess it's a good thing we have the 'nuking' technology to destroy all the nasties that goes with not taking those pesky and costly sanitation precautions to protect Joe Q Public.
Even with the above, I'd rather take my chances with what our government has in place than rely on 'local' practices of consumer protection. Ever seen that food service employee not wash their hands after a visit to the bathroom? Seen that gloved hand handle money, take something out of the trash can and then dip taco meat out of the tray and slop it into a shell with that same hand? Or wipe off a nasty table with the same cloth that fell on the floor...then serve food to the next customer.
Little if no sanitation training for those young, minimum wage employees and even if they do receive some mediocre training, does anyone really think they care about your personal culinary safety...not from what I've seen. I miss occasional fast food, but if the food is not disgusting, the employees are.
Anyone watch 'Restaurant Impossible'? Talk about NASTY!