It's far from a stampede, but there's progress reported on plans to implement a comprehensive, federal tracking system for cattle and other live animals. Conceived in 2002, and put on a fast track after the country's first mad cow disease scare in December 2003, the plan is designed to head off potentially crippling meat safety and sourcing problems before they can disrupt the supply chain. Additional efforts are under way at the state level to link animal tracking systems designed ...

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