WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration here has opened a public hotline in order to provide consumers with up-to-date, factual information regarding food-safety issues. Using a toll-free number (1-888-SAFEFOOD), consumers can retrieve information through the FDA's new Outreach and Information Center, which operates a digitally managed system of call handling and tracking. "Information specialists" are on duty to handle calls between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (EST), Monday ...

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