Food imports most often rejected by FDA: Produce, fish, spices

March 31, 2016

Fruits and vegetables account for the majority of imported food refusals by the FDA, followed by fishery products/seafood and spices, with foods from Mexico, India and China topping the list for the number of refusals from 2005-2013.

Relative to the increased volume of food imports during those years, the number of refusals declined, but the Food and Drug Administration can’t tell  if that seemingly good news is a result of better food safety compliance by foreign suppliers or a reflection of the agency’s strained budget, according to a federal report released Wednesday.

The FDA physically inspects only about 1…