New proposal hopes to crack down on foreign imports

Posted on: 4:29 pm, July 26, 2013, by

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A new proposal aims at improving the quality of food coming into the country.

Experts say 15 percent of the food we consume, including two-thirds of fruits and vegetables, come from other countries.

However, the FDA is only able to inspect a handful of those imports.

Under a new proposal, American companies like Wal-Mart and Cargill would be responsible for the quality of food coming in from other countries.

Experts say it would be the companies, not the FDA, that would have to make sure the foreign manufacturers have the same food safety measures in place as those in the U.S.

The rules would also make it possible to hire outside auditors to inspect foreign food facilities.

Officials say eight of the past 19 multi-state food outbreaks have been caused by imported food.