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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    On the plus side, imported foods tend towards the expensive, over their domestic counterparts, and usually, it's the wealthier folks that buy them. Now THAT'S class biological warfare, lol.
    Much of the food we import has no counterpart in our domestic supplies (the article mentions fermented tofu), and in the case of staples (ex rice), the imports are often cheaper
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    I'm guessing several posting here don't do much grocery shopping because when you are looking at fresh produce in grocers everything from onions to spinach to green beans to cantaloupe to bananas are imported. I buy American whenever possible, but is often difficult to find fresh food grown in America.
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Funny how you want to focus on one link and ignore the ones where the republicans passed laws making it impossible for the FDA to enforce the food safety laws.

    Actually, it's not funny; it's sad. 3000 people die every year from unsafe food, mostly young children and seniors, and you want to focus on ONE republican. Meanwhile, the GOP is making it impossible for the FDA to inspect imported food.
    Show me a quote where any Republican said he/she wanted to deregulate the food industry. You can't because it's all baloney.

    Is this what is going to happen every single time Republicans try to rein in spending?? On everything?? It's 2-cents away from "Ohhhhh, the chilllllldren!!!!" What a joke.

    BTW, most of those deaths, it's 3,000 actually, are from home-prepared and restaurant food. Not from our food chain. The people who die have weakened immune systems, for the most part, are sick from other things, or are old. 3,000 is nothing in the scheme of things.
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    I'm guessing several posting here don't do much grocery shopping because when you are looking at fresh produce in grocers everything from onions to spinach to green beans to cantaloupe to bananas are imported. I buy American whenever possible, but is often difficult to find fresh food grown in America.
    Right you are. Fresh food year-round from all over the globe. We are blessed. If we were left with what was "in season" from our country, our dinner tables would look much different.
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Show me a quote where any Republican said he/she wanted to deregulate the food industry. You can't because it's all baloney.

    Is this what is going to happen every single time Republicans try to rein in spending?? On everything?? It's 2-cents away from "Ohhhhh, the chilllllldren!!!!" What a joke.

    BTW, most of those deaths, it's 3,000 actually, are from home-prepared and restaurant food. Not from our food chain. The people who die have weakened immune systems, for the most part, are sick from other things, or are old. 3,000 is nothing in the scheme of things.
    Actually, most of those deaths are from comtaminated produce or meat. That's why we need more inspectors, not less. And many of those with weak immune systems are young children

    Your arguments sound like your getting desperate. Your disregard for 3000 deaths is a troll-like argument.
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    If you think we can ever spend enough money to ensure that 100% of our food supply is safe, you are naive. 70-some illnesses; 16 deaths. That's NOTHING. Inconsequential. Unless you're one of the 70-some. Our food supply is probably the safest on planet earth. But it is not and cannot be foolproof.
    Irradiation treatment would solve a lot of problems. However, we still need a lot more inspectors to find cream of wheat that has drywall in it.

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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    I observe that food inspection in the US is not the Gold Standard of measure. Healthcare, education, and most everything else in this country has gone downhill and food inspection is the same. Many country have better standards than we do and reject US food products for that reason. Follow the meat trail on "Mad Cow," and I don't mean your mother in law.

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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Having worked in the food service industry for a few years, I'll say this. It's not really the NUMBER of inspectors, it's the quality. I've met with, and been inspected by about 6 or 7 of these people, and they have ALL been lazy. My store always gets top marks, 98 or higher, out of 100. I can tell you this. On the retail end of things, as least, company standards are actually far higher than state or federal. Oh, and the majority of food born illnesses are from high risk demographics eating high risk foods, like bean sprouts, chicken salad, and sushi/raw shellfish. Anyway, the reason why the retail end of food industry has HIGHER standards than the government requires is because they are succeptable to that most lethal of forces, lawsuits. Make the suppliers just as accountable, remove their corporate personhood status, and have them get hit by a few high yield lawsuits, and see if they don't start cleaning up their act...more/better health inspectors or no.

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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    Having worked in the food service industry for a few years, I'll say this. It's not really the NUMBER of inspectors, it's the quality. I've met with, and been inspected by about 6 or 7 of these people, and they have ALL been lazy. My store always gets top marks, 98 or higher, out of 100. I can tell you this. On the retail end of things, as least, company standards are actually far higher than state or federal. Oh, and the majority of food born illnesses are from high risk demographics eating high risk foods, like bean sprouts, chicken salad, and sushi/raw shellfish. Anyway, the reason why the retail end of food industry has HIGHER standards than the government requires is because they are succeptable to that most lethal of forces, lawsuits. Make the suppliers just as accountable, remove their corporate personhood status, and have them get hit by a few high yield lawsuits, and see if they don't start cleaning up their act...more/better health inspectors or no.
    No, the majority of food illnesses are from corporate practices borne from their desire to cut costs. However, I agree with your proposed solutions. That would work better than more regulations, but more stringent standards would make the threat of lawsuits more compelling to the suppliers
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Show me a quote where any Republican said he/she wanted to deregulate the food industry. You can't because it's all baloney.

    Is this what is going to happen every single time Republicans try to rein in spending?? On everything?? It's 2-cents away from "Ohhhhh, the chilllllldren!!!!" What a joke.

    BTW, most of those deaths, it's 3,000 actually, are from home-prepared and restaurant food. Not from our food chain. The people who die have weakened immune systems, for the most part, are sick from other things, or are old. 3,000 is nothing in the scheme of things.
    Does abolishing the FDA count as wanting to deregulate the food industry?
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