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In this educational newsgame presented in the editorial section of the New York Times, players assume the role of a US Food & Drug Administrator, tasked with inspecting food imports as they enter the United States.

Shipments arrive by ship at several designated points on a map of the United States. Click on them to inspect them; the player has two inspectors at their disposal. Each inspection takes a few seconds to complete, all while more shipments are arriving. Not inspecting a package leads to an alert; the player can assign an inspector to investigate the alert. Three active alerts ends the game.

The game has ten levels based on years; the goal of each level is to inspect a number of goods based on how many were shipped in real life that year, starting at 2 million (1997) and ending with 9 million (2006). Each inspected package contains 100,000 units.


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Lampbane (3071) added Food Import Folly (Browser) on Feb 05, 2009