Monday, April 16, 2007

News - Food roulette

Only 1.3% of all imported foods to the US are inspected, projections call for only 1.1% to be inspected next year.

Last month alone, FDA detained nearly 850 shipments of grains, fish,
vegetables, nuts, spice, oils and other imported foods for issues ranging from
filth to unsafe food coloring to contamination with pesticides to

Makes you wonder how much of the other 98.7% of imported food had the same problems.

Each year, the average American eats about 260 pounds of imported foods,
including processed, ready-to-eat products and single ingredients. Imports
account for about 13 percent of the annual diet.

That averages out to about .65 lbs of imported food eaten daily by the average American. So, out of that 1/2 lb plus of imported food you are eating, only about a 1/4 teaspoon has been inspected for it's safety. Go to the cabinet and pour .65 lbs of sugar or flour into a measuring cup and take out 1/4 teaspoon. That is a scary graphic to consider.

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