The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have the staff to inspect all food imported to the U.S., raising basic health concerns and forcing consumers to take producers' word that it’s safe, a food expert said.
Michael Doyle, director of food safety at the University of Georgia, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that about 80% of the nation’s fresh and frozen seafood is imported from Asia.
“I believe we’re quite vulnerable because less than 1% of the food that’s under FDA jurisdiction is actually inspected,” Doyle said Thursday. “So, we have to take other countries' word for it that the food is safe.”
Melanene, a Chinese pesticide that led to a recent recall of pet food, was found by the company importing the food. It’s not a material inspectors generally look for.