A 38-page report on food traceability from the Office of Inspector General recommends the Food and Drug Administration consider authority to bolster existing traceability record-keeping requirements.


The March 26 report was issued the same day as a hearing on food traceability by the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Subcommittee. Chairwoman Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said in her opening statement that “traceability today simply is not good enough.”

DeLauro said the salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes and peppers last year raised questions about what would have happened if a more robust traceability system would have been in place.

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