The economy has definitely made a huge dent in overall quality assurance, which leads to this question, as well as many similar inquiries regarding quality vs. quantity in production.
This being said, I have to agree with the previous posters. Imposing more FDA regulations may result in more spending (from the consumers and producers) when trying to meet higher production standards. As a result, food may become more expensive and that is not a smart move, particularly with the different controversies that have arisen concerning government spending, in general.
However, in comparison to earlier times, as the previous posts noted, we could argue that the salmonella breakouts and the recalls that have come up in the food industry are not the norm, but the exception. Either way, regulations must be put in place; an "exception" can still prove to be quite fatal and dangerous. Therefore, all that the government needs to do is work harder at this without charging the consumers, since we are already trusting the government to do its job WELL, and we are also paying a good penny to feed our families.