Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Safety of Imported Food

I was reading through the FDA's new Food Protection Plan and came across a few facts I didn't know. See if you can guess first. Then select the hidden text above the line with your mouse. It should reveal the answer.
  • Approximately 60 percent of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the US are imported.

  • Today, 80 percent of seafood in the country is imported; less than 2 percent is inspected.*

  • In 1999, the CDC estimated that there were around 76 million cases per year of illness from foodborne agents. (In 1999, according to the Census Bureau, the population of the US was 273 million.)
* This statistic came from the 2-minute CNN clip below. The FDA's report concurs. The video is somewhat partisan; Dobbs takes a personal stand near the end.


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