Most Stores Can't Trace Food To Its Source: Report

Law360, New York (March 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Identifying the suppliers and recipients of food products remains a serious problem for retailers and distributors, according to a report released Thursday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The department's inspector general's office found that retailers and distributors could trace the component ingredients of just five of 40 products purchased to the farm or country where the ingredients were produced, the report said.

Food retailers and distributors often did not maintain lot-specific information, while several products did not have...
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