Safety of Food Imports: Fraud and Deception in the Food Import Process -- Part III, and Improving the Safety of Food Imports -- Part IV: Hearings before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, Second Session, Part III and IV, September 10, 24 and 25, 1998   [open pdf - 17MB]

S. Hrg. 105-516: This record contains Part III and IV in a series of five hearings on the safety of imported food. The Part III hearing will examine the specific ways in which unscrupulous importers exploit weaknesses in the current system to evade food safety protections and consider possible options to improve controls over food imports. The focus is on the deficiencies in the current system that allow fraud and deception to flourish. Fraud, as with criminal activity in general, occurs when two elements converge, motive and opportunity. Part IV will focus on exploring ways to correct the deficiencies in the food import system. Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Susan M. Collins, Carl Levin, Richard J. Durbin, Joseph I. Lieberman, Pete V. Domenici, and Daniel K. Akaka, Dane T. Bernard, Thomas J. Billy, Paul Coverdell, Lawrence J. Dyckman, Carol Tucker Foreman, Robert Hahn, Timothy M. Hammonds, Tom Harkin, Richard J. Hoglund, Ruth Kava, Raymond W. Kelly, Edward Kennedy, Richard Levinson, Barbara Mikulski, Sanford A. Miller, "Mr. Broker", Nancy Nagle, William B. Schultz, Stacey A. Zawel. Prepared statements, and other materials submitted for the record include the GAO report GAO/RCED-98-224: "Opportunities to Redirect Federal Resources and Funds Can Enhance Effectiveness", August 1998, and Memoranda prepared by Don Mullinax.

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S. Hrg. 105-516, Part III & IV; Senate Hearing 105-516, Part III & IV
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