Seafood infected with bacteria or tainted with drugs and antibiotics banned in the U.S. is finding its way into the U.S. This is according to state and federal officials, consumer advocates, academics and food safety experts. That’s certainly not good news. The U.S. imported more than 17.6 million tons of seafood in the last decade. Unfortunately, only about 2 percent of imported seafood is inspected, and only 0.1 percent is tested for banned drug residues, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. That’s especially alarming because 80 percent of the seafood in America is imported. The FDA admits that it can’t say for sure how many of the samples pass or fail.
In more than half of cases when seafood is rejected, the fish are deemed filthy, meaning they were spoiled or contained physical abnormalities, or it was contaminated with a foodborne pathogen. About 20 percent of those cases involved salmonella. We had best make some big-time changes in how the government inspects foreign seafood coming into this country.
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