Take the role of the FDA inspectors in a world of increasingly numerous food imports and increasingly unmanagable risk. Your charge: try to protect the country from contaminants in foreign food imports using extremely limited resources.

The first in Persuasive Games newsgame publication relationship with The New York Times, in which our editorial games are published alongside all the other op-ed content on TimesSelect.

The FDA inspects much of domestic agricultural output, but limited resources and rapidly rising food import levels have reduced import inspections to an embarrassingly small number. Food import increased from 2 million shipments in 1997 to over 9 million last year, while FDA personnel and resources remained roughly constant.

This game was originally published at the New York Times, but it is no longer online.

You can still play our archived version.

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