Although this shows that outbreaks from imported food are increasing in the US, it must be seen against the background of a general increase in import volumes to the United States. In 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported 5.6 million imported food shipments into the US. By 2009 this figure had risen to 10.7 million and the CDC has reported that as much as 85 percent of seafood eaten in the US is imported, and depending on the time of the year, 60 percent of fresh produce is imported as well. Overall, imports account for 16 percent of food consumed in the US.
US Congress demanded in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) increases to inspections of foreign facilities to tighten the safeguards of the US food import program. During fiscal year 2011, the FDA inspected around 1,000 of 254,000 registered foreign food facilities. As required by the FSMA the FDA will inspect more food facilities abroad during the 2012 to 2015 fiscal years.
According to import alert 16-105 (http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/
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