A month ago it was announced by the USDA that we would begin shipping chicken to China for processing, only to ship it back over here to sell to U.S. consumers.
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Americans are generally complacent when it comes to food safety. Many believe they don’t have to worry because we have clean water, ample access to refrigeration, and government agencies that make sure our food isn’t contaminated. While the first two things may be true, government oversight of our food is woefully inadequate. Unchecked foreign food enters our country every day, and as we become more dependent on foreign sources of food it is becoming nearly impossible to avoid. We need more funding for food inspections, but we don’t have to raise taxes to get it.
China, like all countries, takes great pride in its Olympic athletes. They want their country to be represented by athletes who perform at the highest possible level. That is why, as part of their preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Chinese Olympic Team is receiving a special supply of food to ensure their food safety. If China cannot even trust the food that they produce under their own food safety standards, it seems ridiculous that the United States is willing to import it.
The CDC estimates that 325,000 Americans are hospitalized every year from food poisoning, with 5,000 resultant deaths. Clearly, food safety is an important issue in this nation. According to United States Census data, food imports doubled in this country from 1997 to 2010. Over 60 percent of imported food comes from developing nations, such as Mexico and China.
This Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will gather with friends and family to enjoy lavish meals composed of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and other Thanksgiving staples. But as with all meals eaten in America, more and more of the food that makes up these Thanksgiving feasts will be imported. This raises food safety questions due to our lax enforcement of food safety inspection laws.