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Any bulk food shipment can easily get contaminated. Mold, animal feces, even broken glass, can find its way into food that is stored in large quantities awaiting long- distance shipment.

Though the Food and Drug Administration has a budget of about $7,140,000 a year for employing 205 inspectors and analysts whose job it is to check food coming into the United States, it has no regular program to check food going out of the country. If what we found in San Francisco is any indication, the FDA hasn’t checked food exports for several years.

Because the same ships and docks are often used for imports and exports, these inspectors sometimes run across contaminated foodstuffs headed abroad. But the lack of any program for inspection guarantees the easy export of adulterated foods. The following examples of contaminated food were noted by an FDA official in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Government Operations in July 1978:

  • 6,796 boxes of insect-ridden rice bound for Chile.

  • 3,250 pounds of moldy flour bound for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

  • 200,000 pounds of yellow cornmeal contaminated with bird and rodent feces bound for the Netherland Antilles.
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    SIX TRUTHS

    Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

    Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

    Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

    Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

    Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

    Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

    Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

    Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

    And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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