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Investigators say food tracing system full of gaps


March 27, 2009


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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