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Investigators say food tracing system full of gaps

 

March 27, 2009



RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON

The government's system for tracing foods is riddled with holes, and that could undercut officials' ability to find the source of a disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack, according to a federal report released Thursday. Invest igators for the Health and Human Services inspector general's office conducted a test of the tracing system. The result: they were only able to follow five out of 40 foods all the way through the supply chain. The ability to trace food is a critical part of investigations into outbreaks of food-borne illness...



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