The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new steps to make sure fresh produce, cheese, and other foods that come into the United States from foreign countries are safe. Food-related illnesses kill about 3,000 people and hospitalizes about 130,000 in the U.S. every year. The new proposal comes as federal health officials are investigating a mysterious stomach bug that has sickened more than 275 people in seven states. The infection has been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.More than 150 countries import food into the U.S. and only 2 percent of that food is inspected at our ports and border. Under the new FDA proposal, importers would have to verify that their suppliers are meeting the same food safety standards that are required in the U.S. The new measures would also improve food safety audits abroad. It’s part of a sweeping food safety law Congress passed 2 & ½ years ago. Americans are on a steady diet of produce from other countries. Estimates show half of our fruits and 20 percent of our vegetables are imported.
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