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Enhanced inspections at U.S. ports of entry and foreign food facilities, as well as the use of its mandatory recall authority, are part of a new strategy designed by the FDA to improve its oversight of imported foods.

“… the U.S. imports about 15 percent of its overall food supply from more than 200 countries or territories representing about 125,000 international food facilities and farms,” according to an announcement this afternoon from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Frank Yiannas, the agency’s deputy commissioner for food policy and response. 

“Over the past 15 years alone, we’ve seen a trend of rising imported foods. Other countries now supply about 32 percent of the fresh vegetables, 55 percent of the fresh fruit and 94 percent of the seafood that Americans enjoy.”

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