U.S. food safety risks since 9/11: Pest explosion breaks out as anti-terror measures took priority

CBP CHECKING FOR PESTS IN IMPORTED GOODS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, October 10, 2011 FRESNO, Calif. — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on…

INSPECTORS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH IMPORTS

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Inside the giant warehouse, past the labyrinth of cubicles and corner offices, behind the security door marked “Authorized Personnel Only,” the smell isn’t all that bad today. “Sometimes it’s unbearable,” said Denise Williams, a supervisor in the U.S. Food and Drug…