Senator Rick Scott from Florida has recently reached out to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, urging a thorough investigation into the safety of garlic imported from China. In his letter, Scott highlighted the significant market share China holds in the U.S. garlic industry and raised concerns over their agricultural practices.
Citing the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, Senator Scott emphasized the necessity of assessing the impact of these imports on U.S. national security. He pointed out several alarming practices allegedly used in Chinese garlic cultivation, such as the use of human waste as fertilizer, the growth of garlic in sewage environments, the application of bleach for a cleaner appearance, and the exploitation of labor under harsh conditions.
Senator Scott expressed grave concerns about these practices, considering garlic’s widespread use in American cooking and food preparation. He stressed the importance of ensuring the integrity and safety of garlic for the health and wellbeing of the American population. According to Scott, safeguarding the quality of food is crucial for maintaining a robust economy, domestic peace, public health, and national security.
In response to these concerns, Senator Scott announced his intention to introduce two legislative measures: the Sewage Garlic Imports Act and the Sewage Garlic Imports Tariff Act. These acts aim to address the issues raised regarding the cultivation and importation of garlic from China, ensuring the safety and quality of this essential cooking ingredient in the United States.