FDA proposes rules to make imported foods safer after outbreaks in produce, cheese

  • Article by: MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 10:42 PM

WASHINGTON — Chances are that about 15 percent of the food you eat — more if your diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables and cheese — comes from abroad, and the government is taking steps now to make it safer.

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vlombardyJul. 26, 13 9:39 AM

Well, I think the truly free market will take care of all of this. Buy as much food from local providers as possible, and boycott all imported food. This would be much more effective than anything the federal government or the corporations are going to do.

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actualreaderJul. 26, 13 5:31 PM

"Buy as much food from local providers as possible" and play Russian roulette with the rest? Good answer, libertarians! Enough people get sick or die, the rest will simply have to set up their own home labs and international tracking systems to find out where every ingredient is coming from and how it's being handled. That'll be much more effective, all right.

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brotherkennyJul. 26, 13 5:45 PM

The 114 million households in the US spend about $770 billion dollars on food and about 9% of that is imported, or about $70 billion dollars worth. This program is estimated to potentially cost about 470 million, or about 7 tenths of one percent (.7 %) of the cost of the imported foods. Assuming the industry adds that cost to the imported food, americans instead of paying $70 billion for imported food will be paying $70.5 billion. If one assumes that of the 3000 food related deaths per year, one can avoid 1500 of them with this new regulation then the cost of each life saved would be about $300 thousand dollars. Of course I am estimating here but if my assumption that 1500 people are saved, then it seems like a very low cost for the potential benefit. I agree with Vlombardy though, buy local, and grow your own.

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