NEW YORK — Citing a recent U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee report on last year’s listeriosis outbreak, USA Today’s editorial page last week became the latest major media outlet to sharply criticize the role that third-party auditors play in the modern U.S. food safety system. During the past month, a growing number of editorial pages have noted that while retailers require their suppliers to receive regular safety audits, the auditors themselves are almost ...

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