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Obviously, food producers, manufacturers, and processors are facing enormous challenges creating traceability systems that meet an ever-growing list of requirements. Here, Nye Hardy, a former director of food safety at Dole Fresh Vegetables, answers my questions about FSMA, traceability systems, electronic recordkeeping, and how to tie all of those things together to keep consumers safe, your supply chain well managed, and your company on top of the latest regulations.

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