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Food made impure by contact with pollutants or taints - so unfit for human consumption.
However food is regulated, there is always room for concern.
Figures from the U.S.A. are easier to obtain - even if some of them are rather old. About 65% of all U.S. food imports enter the country through the port of New York; and in 1968, over 2.5 thousand tons were rejected, being described by inspectors as 'unfit for human consumption'.
We will print more up to date British figures as soon as we obtain them.
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