"Fifteen percent of the food Americans eat is imported, including 80 percent of the seafood, and two-thirds of the fruit and vegetables. Our current food safety system can't even begin to keep tabs on the 24 million shipping containers loaded with food that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates arrived this year from overseas. Increasingly, that food is coming from China, which has suffered a series of scandals involving tainted food.
Enter the Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law earlier this year. One of its aims is to overhaul our 1930s-era food inspection system, which relies on about 2,000 inspectors to monitor shipments at the ports..."