Retailers are going to the growing fields themselves, requiring growers to have certification from state agriculture departments or appropriate agencies, and are taking steps to make sure every item is easily traceable. Some supermarket retailers have been doing this for years, and others, spurred by the recent outbreaks caused by pathogen-contaminated cantaloupes, have stepped up their already-in-place efforts. “We’ve just sent out a letter to all our suppliers telling ...

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