Issue Brief

Focus On: Food Import Safety
Food Safety Modernization Act

Americans' appetite for imported food has expanded dramatically over the past few decades. For each of the past seven years, food imports have grown by an average of 10 percent. Currently, between 10 and 15 percent of all food consumed by U.S. households is imported. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nearly two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables and 80 percent of seafood consumed domestically come from outside the United States.

In this issue brief, the Pew Health Group and Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) address the safety of imported seafood and raw produce, two of the largest categories of FDA-regulated food items produced and processed abroad and then sold in the United States.

How Safe Are Our Food Imports? FDA Import Violations by Food Product, FY 2010Download the full PDF for more information.

Date added:
Oct 19, 2011
Colin Finan, Tel: 202-552-2272
Food Safety
Food Hazards

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