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The guy used "food", "shipment" and "import" interchangeably, so I can't tell what is being inspected. Also, he says things like "200 containers per month are detained" without telling us how many containers per month are examined, and how many are shipped. But here is a meaningful statistic that shows deteriorating quality control:
Even as the amount of imported food increased, the percentage of FDA inspections declined from 1.8 percent in 2003 to 1.3 percent this year to an expected 1.1 percent next year.
There would be legitimate reasons for such a reduction, but since they are not given one has to assume they are not present, and this is just about inspections not being able to keep up with incresing import volume.
"Whenever they say 'risk-based approach,' it often means they don't have enough staff to actually do the job. They're doing triage. They're trying to hit what's most important to inspect but they're missing a lot," DeWaal said.
Maybe, but this person either doesn't understand sampling or decision theory, or is scaremongering (which is likely since she's an advocate feeding a soundbite to a journalist).

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 2nd, 2007 at 07:01:35 AM EST
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