Major food industry trade associations last week rebutted statements made in a recent Associated Press article that lobbying efforts by the industry in 2003 and 2004 watered down record-keeping rules under the Bioterrorism Act of 2002, making it harder for federal agencies to trace the source of the many foodborne illnesses that have surfaced in the past 24 months. At the same time, the trade groups pointed out that the food industry is currently working to improve traceability of tainted ...

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