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In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

Bloomberg Markets did an investigation into the FDA's approval process for food products. They found that in 2011, the agency only inspected 6% of domestic food producers and only 0.4% of importers. This low percentage is partially due to understaffing, but Bloomberg also found it fishy that inspectors often had investment connections to the corporations they were supposed to be inspecting without bias. The fallout from improper investigation could be increased sicknesses and even deaths among consumers who are exposed to bad product.

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