The U.S. imports approximately 15% of its food -- and China is its third largest supplier.
This week, China admitted it needs to raise food safety standards to international levels, amid the recent controversy of tainted Chinese foods. Chris Waldrop, director of the food and policy institute at the Consumer Federation of America, and Michael Doyle, director of the center for food safety at the University of Georgia, discussed the situation on “Power Lunch.”
“The FDA has been woefully underfunded for the past five to seven years,” said Waldrop. “They simply do not have the resources to be able to deal with this huge wave of imports. The FDA really needs increased resources and funding to be able to keep up with this.”
Doyle agreed: “It’s important for [food processors] to make sure the ingredients in the foods that bear their label are free of harmful bacteria and toxins, as well as other problems we’re finding with foods from countries like China,” he said. “Then, it’s up to the FDA to verify that the food companies are doing their jobs and making food safe.”