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Packaging and Tracing of Food

  • By: O. Shawn Cupp
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Food is a basic human need, and in the 21st century, food comes from a variety of sources. The requirements to package and trace food start with maintaining a level of security and safety standards for those who consume the food that is sold in grocery stores, convenience marts, fast food restaurants, and other dining establishments. For those who are responsible for buying and cooking the food served in their households, or purchasing food from an eating venue, knowing the origin of that food and nutritional content is very important. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are 76 million cases of food-related illnesses reported every year, with 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Under the current registration system, food producers are supposed to ...

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