After viewing the
Chinese Imports & Food Safety
video, consider whether U.S. retailers that
utilize products or raw ingredients that are imported from China and are poorly regulated
should be liable in tort for injuries to consumers who are harmed by those products.
A lot of our fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood are imported. China is the largest importer of
seafood for the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspects our food supply,
problem is that China has more than tripled their imports to the U.S. and the U.S. wants to keep
prices low does not want to necessarily hire and train FDA food inspectors to ensure the safety of
the U.S. citizens (CSPITV, 2008). The FDA inspection are not a reliable means of detecting
contaminated or mislabeled food stuffs and when they enter the U.S. , Chinese and American
sellers may be liable under U.S. law for the resulting sicknesses.
Answer parts a and b of the prompt.
For this part of the prompt, answer
of the following points:
If U.S. companies should not be liable, then they could be legally exempt from tort liability.
Discuss the consequences of such a policy to U.S. consumers.
If the U.S. companies should be liable, then those companies would not be legally exempt
from tort liability. Discuss the consequences of such a policy to U.S. businesses.