Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Inspections rare for imported foods

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Are you comfortable eating imported food and fruit? If you've paid attention to the recent pet food recall, you may just be paying more attention. So far, the root of that recall was contaminated wheat gluten from a Chinese supplier.

Try this on for size: just a measly 1.3% of imported fish, vegetables, fruit and other foods are inspected. Does that make you feel safe? It shouldn't really, and even those inspections by the U.S. government regularly turns up food unfit for human consumption.

Even though the U.S. can't levy standards on food made outside the country, I would say that the FDA certain cam impose standards on foods sold to U.S. consumers. Is it feasible to do this, however? No big deal is at stake here -- just the health of the citizens, right?

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