Imported food-related illness rates rise amid fewer inspections

05/10/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

U.S. inspectors make fewer checks on foreign good facilities, and the Food and Drug Administration will likely have to cut back further on its ability to inspect food coming into the country. The cuts come as Americans eat more imported food than ever, and the rates of illness are rising -- in the past two years, foodborne illness outbreaks were connected to pine nuts from Turkey, cantaloupes from Guatemala and papayas and cucumbers from Mexico.

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