Food Groups Want FDA to Track Produce


The fallout from the tomato-salmonella scare continues to mount. In fact, one consumer group wants the Food and Drug Administration to track the movement of produce. More from Reuters:
Food safety and consumer groups said traceability would make it easier for officials to track through the supply chain the origin of fruits and vegetables and identify the source of outbreaks of foodborne toxins, such as salmonella or E. coli, preventing more people from getting sick.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Consumer Federation of America told reporters an effective tracking plan must follow the produce from the farm to the table, and use a single system that can ensure proper record-keeping throughout the process.

"If (the FDA) had put a traceability plan in place two years ago, following the spinach outbreak, this current investigation may be moving more quickly," said Chris Waldrop, a director at the Consumer Federation of America.

"The latest outbreak clearly demonstrates the need for the federal government to be able to quickly and easily identify and trace an implicated food to its source," he added.
Seems logical to me, presents the opportunity to nip future problems in the bud—no pun intended.
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Sara - July 7, 2008 9:56 PM

Now they are saying it might not even have been the tomatoes- Maybe jalapeno peppers or cilantro.

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