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Food fear factor

In an era of tainted products, US inspectors are able to examine only a tiny fraction of imports. What's a consumer to do?

DR. ANITA BARRY, of the Boston Public Health Commission, doesn't care what country her food comes from, or whether it's organic. But she washes all produce carefully. DR. ANITA BARRY, of the Boston Public Health Commission, doesn't care what country her food comes from, or whether it's organic. But she washes all produce carefully. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
By Patricia Wen
Globe Staff / October 20, 2008

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The "Shop the World" grocery aisles may seem like a perilous place these days. Two years ago, government inspectors discovered poisonous tuna steaks from Vietnam. Then came salmonella-tainted cantaloupes from Costa Rica. This summer, it was contaminated peppers from Mexico. And last month, federal authorities reminded consumers to avoid any foods containing milk from China that might be poisoned with ... (Full article: 1216 words)

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