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GAO Criticizes FDA Inspection Of Imported Seafood

Law360, New York (May 16, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's poor oversight of seafood imports puts American consumers at risk of consuming farmed fish that contain residues of antibiotics, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report made public Monday.

Farmed fish make up about half of the seafood imported into the U.S., and they are prone to bacteria outbreaks, according to the GAO. To combat the problem, foreign fish farmers sometimes give antibiotics to the fish, which leave behind residues that can cause cancer and antibiotic resistance.

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