Make Our Food Safe

Editorial: "The food we eat"

Courier-Journal |

"The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there is a downward trend in the number of people who fall ill from food-borne pathogens. That's because of improvements to control food quality and safety.

But although there's been a 20 percent reduction in illnesses tracked by the CDC in the past 10 years, there's still a long way to go. And slashing spending, in this case, isn't going to help anybody.

Currently under scrutiny is inadequate inspection of imported fish and seafood. The Government Accountability Office reported that the FDA tested one-tenth of 1 percent of all seafood imported into the United States for banned drugs — antibiotics are frequently used in fish farm environments — in 2009. In April, the GAO released a report that suggested the 'FDA needs to improve oversight of imported seafood and better leverage limited resources...'"

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