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FDA Could Beef Up Food Safety Enforcement Through Inter-Agency Center

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA expects its work in the Customs and Border Protection's new import tracing analysis center to generate information the agency can assimilate into its own supply-chain tracing capabilities

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