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

    Another reason to look on food packages to see where it is from.

    Flood of food imported, just 2 percent inspected - Health - Food safety - msnbc.com
    EAST LOS ANGELES, Calif. At a sprawling warehouse here, two investigators from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration watched intently as 50 boxes of preserved bean curd from China were emptied into a grinding machine.
    The monstrously loud apparatus worked its way through 1,800 glass bottles, grinding the glass and spewing out a stream of chunky yellow ooze that would be collected, treated and disposed of in the sewer system.
    FDA investigators had decided that the bottles of bean curds were improperly heat-sealed and, as a result, were susceptible to harmful bacteria like botulism, which can be fatal.
    The case of the destroyed bean curds was relatively straightforward: They had been flagged as suspect as soon as they arrived in port due to a defective heat seal and were sent directly to an FDA warehouse for testing.
    Thats not always how it happens.
    The FDAs Los Angeles district is one of the busiest in the U. S., overseeing the inspection of more than half a million food shipments arriving through 24 ports of entry in the L.A. area. Through the port stream products like Cambodian rice by the ton, tapioca pearls from the Philippines, tea biscuits from China, sugar cane and fish from around the world.
    In 2010, about 3,500 shipments here were refused entry because they were contaminated with filth, pesticides, drug residue or traces of salmonella, according to a News21 analysis of the FDA's database of import refusals. Some of the imports contained unsafe color additives or were mislabeled. And some were even poisonous.
    Nationwide, the FDA said that last year it rejected nearly 16,000 food-related shipments out of more than 10 million that arrived in more than 320 ports.
    If it comes in here and its bad, said Denise Williams, a supervisor in the FDAs Division of Import Operations in Southern California, were gonna get em.
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Curiosity: What's your solution?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MKULTRABOY View Post
    Curiosity: What's your solution?
    Grow your own helps
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by MKULTRABOY View Post
    Curiosity: What's your solution?
    Hire more health inspectors and charge these companies extra fees to fund the hiring of these health inspectors.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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

    I think the best solution is to blame Bush.
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Hire more health inspectors and charge these companies extra fees to fund the hiring of these health inspectors.
    This - why haven't they done this yet?

    But how silly is this:
    PREDICT, or Predictive Risk-based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance Targeting
    what did they do - name it "Predict" and then they had to come up with a bunch of bigger words to say what it does? "we need a D! . . . how about 'Dynamic?'"
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I think the best solution is to blame Bush.
    No, the entire right wing. Not just bush*

    Michele Bachmann: Food Industry Overregulated

    Boehner’s District Suffers From E. Coli Outbreak As House Republicans Try To Gut Food Safety | ThinkProgress

    As ThinkProgress reported yesterday, despite yet another outbreak of food-borne illness — this time stemming from listeria infected cantaloupes — congressional Republicans are still trying to cut back on the nation’s food safety regulations. The tainted melons have caused 16 deaths so far, making this the deadliest outbreak in more than a decade, and it comes just a month after salmonella-tainted turkey forced food-giant Cargill into the third-largest food recall on record
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    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.

    The FDA knows what farm these melons came from and still can't figure out what happened. Why is the answer always more money? Why not fewer paper-pushers and more people in the field?? And even at that, we're going to have food-borne illness. Life's not perfect.
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    Re: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    This - why haven't they done this yet?

    But how silly is this: what did they do - name it "Predict" and then they had to come up with a bunch of bigger words to say what it does? "we need a D! . . . how about 'Dynamic?'"
    Greed of the companies.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

    Cicero Marcus Tullius

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