Are Imported Foods Getting More Dangerous?

Food Poisoning Statistics

In 2011, the FDA inspected only about 1,000 of more than 250,000 foreign, non-meat food producers. Between 2005 and 1010, 39 food poisoning outbreaks occurred, compared to 19 outbreaks between 1998 and 2004. In short, the FDA is underfunded, it doesn’t inspect enough, and the problem is getting worse, not better.

Food Poisoning from Imported Foods

While the worst offenders were fish and peppers, any food can cause foodborne illnesses. Nearly half of all contaminated imported foods came from Asia, and the most common cause of food poisoning was Salmonella.

Preventing Foodborne Illnesses

With an inadequate budget, and the difficulty of enforcing judgments against foreign companies, the FDA has its work cut out for it. Recent legislation by the Obama administration should prove helpful, but the question remains: will it be enough?

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