Issues and Concerns with Imported Foods

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The Issues and Concerns with Imported Foods guide gives a brief description of the process of importing foods, spells out the responsibilities of various U.S. government agencies responsible for food protection and explains reasons for product recalls, seizures or embargoes; import alerts; and lab-analysis requests.

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32-page guide.
Photos accompany the many examples and explanations of problems affecting imported foods, including microbiological contamination, undeclared allergens, banned antibiotics, eviscerated processed fish, lead contamination of foods and packaging, undeclared preservatives, lack of English labeling and other concerns. The guide also lists certified colors permitted in foods and food color additives banned in the U.S.
The guide is based in part on an integrated food safety initiative of state and federal officials from New York Agriculture & Markets and the FDA’s New York District, according to AFDO Executive Director Joseph Corby.