Banned chemicals found in tons of imp...

Banned chemicals found in tons of imported fish

There are 1 comment on the WBIR-TV Knoxville story from Jul 6, 2011, titled Banned chemicals found in tons of imported fish. In it, WBIR-TV Knoxville reports that:

Fish from overseas that are contaminated with chemicals not allowed in the U.S. food supply are showing up for sale in this country, including in Tennessee.

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Jesse_EngAmer

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Jul 8, 2011
Clearly the FDA struggles to regulate the categories of foods they are already responsible for.

To quote the FDA:“The safety of America’s food and medical products remains under serious threat. Imported vegetable protein contaminated with melamine has sickened and killed American pets, and milk tainted with melamine killed and injured children in China. Contaminated heparin, diverted and counterfeit glucose monitor test strips, glycerin contaminated with diethylene glycol (DEG), and low quality titanium destined for medical implants have all raised public health concerns. Peppers, eggs, peanut butter, pistachios, spinach, and cookie dough have all been associated with serious disease outbreaks in recent years. Many of the crises were due to, or exacerbated by, the regulatory challenges of globalization.”

Yet the FDA is still trying to expand the categories of foods and substances which they regulate when the FDA admitted in their report Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality it would take 9 years just to inspect every high-priority pharmaceutical facility alone, let alone those of lower priority and every foreign food facility as well. The plan calls for the FDA to inspect 600 foreign food facilities in the first year and double their inspections each subsequent year. By year 9 that would 153,600 facilities or just under 420 facilities a day.

Don't you think they should perhaps get this right first?

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