Increased cargo screening could endanger fresh foods, shippers say

12/2/2009 | USA Today

Food wholesalers are warning that freshness and sanitation could suffer under new rules for screening air cargo. TSA officials admit "it's possible" that freight shipments could be delayed while awaiting security screening, and freight companies say that could harm shipments of fruit, vegetables and seafood. "You could have people putting their hands in strawberry cases looking for explosives," says one freight forwarder. Cargo screening rules passed in 2007 are being phased in gradually, but the big hurdle comes in January, when all cargo must be checked on passenger flights from Alaska and Hawaii.

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