Food Safety – Import Risks

Food Safety – Import Risks

As you know from this blog, I am committed to providing information about food safety, specifically salt and herbs. However, when I read about what our government has done because of pressure from the World Trade Organization and the Meat processors, I became concerned and wanted to share it with you all.

In 2015 the United States has imported 2.16 billion pounds of beef which was up 33% from 2014; we import from 16 different countries.  You can imagine how many billion pounds are imported today.   Annual beef imports in the United States are generally between 8 and 12 percent of total domestic production while exports are generally 9 to 11 percent of domestic beef production.  Only makes sense if you are a government official I guess.  Import lower quality beef and export high quality beef.

It is important to note that there were 29,989 shipment rejections from June 2015 to June 2016, which added up to 69,601,727 pounds. FDA inspects or samples less than 1 percent of all regulated products seeking entry into the United States. So you can imagine how many unsafe products get onto the shelves of your grocer.

Does this put us at risk?  You decide for yourself!

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