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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Trade Agreements Threaten Your Food Safety

TPP could allow seafood, beef or chicken products imported from Asia that don't even meet basic U.S. food safety standards on your dinner plate.  A recent Bloomberg story highlighted the disgusting conditions of imported seafood; including processed shrimp and fish fed with pig feces destined for American grocery stores and restaurants. Currently, the United States imports more than 100 million pounds of shrimp from Vietnam every year and the FDA only inspects about 3 percent of imported food. Trade agreements could increase imports of contaminated food, overwhelming already overworked food inspectors, and overturn regulations aimed at keeping the American food supply safe. 

“Americans should not have to wonder if their dinner sat in baskets covered with flies and was shipped in bacteria ridden ice before ending up on their plate,” said Representative Pocan. “No one wants to eat salmonella contaminated food.  Trade deals put everyone at risk by undermining important American food safety regulations and making it easier for filthy food to enter the United States. ”