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Imported food vulnerable to ‘agroterrorism’

Inspections of imported food at the nation’s entry ports have declined since the Department of Homeland Security took over the job in 2003, a new government report says. The drop means the government is reducing its first chance to discover a foreign disease or an act of “agroterrorism” before the food is distributed nationwide. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported Wednesday that when the Department of Agriculture was still responsible for imported food inspections in fiscal 2002, there were 40.9 million inspections. In fiscal 2004, after the Homeland Security Department took over the task, there were 37.5 million inspections, even though food imports rose.Full Story

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