It's so easy to point out weaknesses in a system and not offer (viable) alternatives.
Is the answer to have a government inspector inspect every piece of meat, fruit and vegetable that arrives in a cargo ship, slaughtered or picked in the field? Or is it better to keep a watch on past offenders and manufacturers of at risk foods. Because of this approach, US/Canada and the EU have by far the safest food in the world.
There is a great deal of sensationalism in food recalls. Meat is the worst (best) to attract headlines but in reality there are many recalls that don't make the headlines: see the list of FDA recalls for 2015.
Food safety regulations are based on statistics. It's a numbers game. The more tons of a type of food is manufactured/sold, the greater the chances of a recall. Although I have not found a good reference for this, I came across this article:
The article explains that organic food recalls will increase because the sale volumes increases (more volume increases the chances of getting more recalls).
We (will) hear more about food recalls because we produce, import, demand, eat and buy more food. Food safety should be reported as tons of food recalled per tons of foods manufactured then that would give a sense if things are getting worst or better.... but probably not many want to know that 30 000 cattle are slaughtered per day in one processing plant.
Food for thought:
Are every airplane crash reported in the news (make the big headlines)? Does air travel become less safe with every crash? How many successful flights are there per crash reported?