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US: Supermarkets’ pre-prepared food boom raises safety concerns

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WSJ / The Australian: Supermarkets in the US are starting to look a lot more like takeaway restaurants, but the explosion of prepared meals has brought new food safety issues that even leading chains are racing to manage.

Whole Foods Market, a trailblazer in the sale of fresh-cooked items, was recently forced to temporarily close one of its commercial kitchens producing fresh meals for stores. The move was a response to the US Food and Drug Administration’s warning over safety gaps in the Boston-area plant.

The grocer is now overhauling its approach, including discontinuing the processing of meat, poultry and raw seafood in that kitchen and two others, according to a letter obtained through a public document request and the company.

Read the full article at The Australian website