After Hurricane Charley hit in Florida, I had a friend that was seafood manager at a Publix supermarket. Because they had lost power, they were required to throw out everything in all the refrigerated and freezer cases. In the case of the freezer cases, most of that food was actually still frozen, but company policy said it could not be sold and had to be thrown out. Because of the liability involved, they had to hire a security guard to guard the dumpster where the food was disposed of until the county could get a truck out there to empty it. If anyone had taken the food out of the dumpster and ate it and then got sick, they could be sued.
He said he wanted to cry when he saw the amount of food that was wasted. They couldn't even give it to the food banks or the Red Cross that was distributing food because if even one person got sick, the store and company would be liable.
It's really a shame that perfectly good food is wasted on a daily basis like that. But because of the health hazards as we've recently seen with the tainted peanuts, I guess, in some fashion, I understand it.