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Maybe you should skip the seafood special...

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Although the revelation that over 1 million pounds of suspect seafood from China was allowed into the country is woefully late, better late than never.

FDA officials stuck the pond-raised seafood on their watch list because of worries it contained suspected carcinogens or antibiotics not approved for seafood.

No illnesses have been reported, but the episode raises serious questions about the FDA's ability to police the safety of America's food imports.

It's rather unfortunate though, and I would go so far as to say down right scary, that we had to learn this from the Associated Press and not the good men and women at the FDA in charge of monitoring imported food arriving into the country every single day. Maybe until the Congress and the Administration decide to put some real resources in place to protect the American people from potentially tainted seafood coming in from foreign countries people should skip the popcorn shrimp and go with the fries.

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