Monday, July 7, 2008

Public interest groups call for system of tracking produce

In the wake of recent massive food recalls, two public interest groups are calling for a system of tracking produce.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Consumer Federation of America, in a letter to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), argue that if produce can be tracked through the supply chain back to the farm, investigators would have an easier time nailing down the source of outbreaks of Salmonella, E. coli, and other dangerous pathogens.
Using the same system that allows a supermarket cashier to identify a piece of produce at the checkout counter could also allow investigators to trace the origin of unsafe food, the two consumer groups say.

They pointed to the latest salmonella crisis, in which investigators' attention has recently shifted from tomatoes to jalapeƱo peppers after hundreds of consumers were sickened and millions of tomatoes were destroyed.

The complete article and other links regarding food recalls can be found on http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2008/07/fda_salmonella10.html

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