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The United States imports a large amount of its food from foreign countries. In fact, according to United States Census data, food imports doubled in the United States from 1997 to 2008. Over 60% of imported food comes from countries like China. The danger of importing food products from foreign countries is that they are often improperly produced. Improperly produced and consumed meat is the largest cause of food-borne illness.
Food safety in the United States is far from adequate. We are importing more and more food, yet we do not have the resources to ensure that it is safe. The U.S. needs to institute tariffs on imported foods to pay for the inspectors we require to keep us safe.
How much longer are our leaders going to allow toxic, unsafe food to cross our borders, unchecked? Many people may not be aware that the United States gets much of it’s food from foreign countries via imports. The scary thing about this is that very little of what we import is actually properly inspected, and many of the countries — like China — that we import meat, seafood, rice, and other foods from, have unsafe food production practices that could potentially result in food-borne illness here in the United States.