Today’s consumer has come to expect easy availability of their favorite foods on the shelves of the local grocery store. And, thanks to more efficient global transportation networks, consumers do enjoy year-round access to foods that were once strictly seasonal, particularly fresh produce.
Unfortunately, as food imports have skyrocketed, foodborne illnesses have become more widespread as well. The total number of outbreaks remains small, but the number of incidents show a significant upward trend, especially since 2011. Therefore, the safety of imported food coming into the US is a legitimate concern.