4 Facts About Food Safety In America That Should Have You Worried
We import tons of food from third world countries that have much lower standards than we do when it comes to food safety. Even now, people are wondered as to why America still accepts fish from the Mekong River, one of the most polluted rivers on the planet?
It seems to many that the health of consumers doesn’t matter to our leaders. Does it matter to them that 1 in 6 Americans get sick every year due to foodborne illnesses? Is it a big deal to them that 3,000 people die ever year? The facts seem to point to a clear and definite answer: no.
- Fact #1: The FDA is extremely underfunded. They only have the resources to inspect 1 to 2 percent of food imports. This is a major problem because many nations have less food safety regulations than the United States.
- Fact #2: Of the 3 billion pounds of meat coming in, 85 million pounds of it is catfish from the polluted Mekong River of Vietnam. Every year, 220,000 tons of industrial waste is dumped into the Mekong River, where these fish are caught, alongside beer and cement factories. Despite warnings from the Vietnamese Government Health department, the toxic catfish is then shipped here.
- Fact #3: We are still in the World Trade Organization. When Congress passed a ban on chicken products from China due to health concerns, China went to the WTO, who ruled in favor of China. This will add millions of pounds of potentially unsafe meat coming into the U.S.
- Fact #4: Our failed “free trade” agreements. Under the TPP and TAFTA, two harmful “free trade” agreements currently being negotiated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would essentially be stripped of the power to stop imports of unsafe food and to conduct extensive food safety inspections.This means that even though the United States is capable of carrying out extensive food inspections on imports to keep our people safe, the TPP and TAFTA would make it so that we’d have to lower our standards to accommodate less developed countries who want to trade with us. Basically, both of these agreements will force the United States to accept toxic imports in the name of “free trade.”
Many Americans just like you are saying that enough is enough. It is time to contact your Congressional representative and let them know that we are tired of dangerous toxic food imports.