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Food safety concerns grow as imports to US surge

The FDA is able to inspect only 0.7 percent of all imported food products from more than 130 countries.

By Daniel B. Wood | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

After E. coli bacteria were found in spinach last October, consumers turned to American-grown produce and asked the burning question: “How’d that get there?”

After pet-sickening melamine was found in wheat gluten from China in March, attention shifted to pet food and people asked: “What’s in this stuff?”

Now, with news that Chinese feed suppliers may have intentionally disguised the contents of exports to escape food inspection, the questions have reached the broadest level yet: “With the increased globalization of America’s food supply, who should be monitoring all the food coming in from foreign countries?”

The answer depends on whom you ask.

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