USU Panel says Contaminated Imports will be Big Food Safety Issue

USU Panel says Contaminated Imports will be Big Food Safety Issue

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Food specialists say contaminated imports will be a big food safety issue in the coming years.

Utah Farm Bureau executive Randy Parker says the U.S. allows more imports into this country without inspection than any other country.

And he points out that food from other countries is an increasing part of the national diet. Last year, he says, the U.S. imported more than half its food.

Parker was one of four panelists at Utah State University yesterday, talking about national food issues.

The university says the food Americans eat comes from about 100 different countries.

Because so much U.S. food is comes from other countries, the state veterinarian, Earl Rogers, says the food supply also presents a target for terrorists.

------ Information from: The Herald Journal

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