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The global economy has created opportunities for the sale of food and pharmaceuticals around the world. This provides not only benefits for human health but also potential costs when businesses, government, and consumers are exposed to food and drug safety issues. Transparency through the increased availability of technology has enabled businesses and consumers to learn more about their food supply and has presented evidence of numerous scandals in food and drug safety in the past decade alone. Worldwide, governments have reacted with additions and amendments to food and drug safety legislation.

Some significant global scandals have involved multinational companies through their supply chains, illustrating that the global food chain is complicated and messy. The 2013 horsemeat scandal in Europe led to a recall of 10 million ...

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