One Million Pounds of Seafood Skirt Import Alert

At least one million pounds of Chinese seafood were sold in U.S. supermarkets and restaurants last year, despite missing inspections mandated by the FDA under its “import alert” program, the Associated Press declared in an investigative report published yesterday.

NEW YORK — At least one million pounds of Chinese seafood were sold in U.S. supermarkets and restaurants last year, despite missing inspections mandated by the FDA under its “import alert” program, the Associated Press declared in an investigative report published yesterday. The majority of the products made it into the country through ports in the Southeast, including Miami, Tampa, Fla. and Savannah, Ga. The story noted that the FDA has 450 employees charged with screening 20 million shipments of food and medical devices annually, and that FDA employees had recently told Congress that the agency’s resources are insufficient to do the job effectively.

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