I work in the food and beverage industry (beverages) so sometimes I forget how immune I am to witnessing product being dumped and how niave others are to just how much product is dumped by companies. So you see them dump some product on a TV show and your concerned?
The previous company I worked at made spahgetti sauce in glass jars. My very first day of work I was walking next to a conveyor moving pallets of finished and boxed sauce. The controls for the conveyor malfunctioned and I stood in amazement as I watched EIGHT full pallets roll of the end and fall to the floor one by one. Every single jar, a total loss. Another two years later I was totally immune to these type of events because they happen and fairly often.
The current company I work for has it's own waste water treatment facility. The water is treated using "bugs". There was a malfunction in the controls and we overloaded the bugs with wastewater and killed them ALL. The entire plant came to a screeching halt as we waited 4 days for Budwieser (just happened to be a non-competing company that used the same type of waste water treatment facility) to truck us a fresh load of new bugs and get them acclimated. When the plant came to a screeching halt, we had 27,000 gallons of blended product sitting in tanks. We had no choice but to divert it to tankers, have them drive it to another facility (because our waste water plant was down) and have the other plants DUMP it. 27,000 gallons. Gone.
Both of these companies are top notch fortune 500 companies. Obviously, you try to minimize mistakes and waste but when you produce anything (including beverages) 24 hours a day, 7 days of week, 365 days a year, dumping product is just a fact of doing business.