Apparently, China is beginning to take its own food safety a bit more seriously. According to Food Safety News, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration has published a blacklist of individuals no longer permitted to work in the food industry there. These are lifetime bans. The individuals in question also received jail terms of a few years.
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Food safety is a grave concern facing our nation today. Few things could have more primacy than what we put into our bodies. It is therefore disheartening to note how much food we import each year, and how much of it comes in with the most cursory of inspections, or with no scrutiny at all.
Overlap of government organizations is nothing new, but it is causing us undue difficulties with food contamination. Foods from foreign nations often are contaminated, creating a toxic food supply for our nation. The way we have divided the responsibility of inspecting our imported food may prevent us from fully resolving the issue.
In recent years, the United States has imported increasingly large amounts of its food. Fruits and vegetables are imported nearly one quarter of the time, while seafood is imported in more than nine of ten cases. This increase brings with it the usual job-killing effects, as Americans buy more from foreigners than they do from each other. However, the problem is even worse with food. In addition to the job-killing effect, this foreign food poses a danger to our health.