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Consumers at Risk: One in Six Wood Pallets in Los Angeles Discovered With Potentially Deadly Pathogens
Date:6/16/2010

s="xn-location">Houston and Miami (click here to view the NCL news release). The pallets tested by NCL were being used to transport food.

"How many more tests need to be conducted before Congress and the FDA take action?" said Bob Moore, Chairman & CEO of iGPS, a plastic pallet rental service that commissioned the series of scientific tests on wood pallets.

"The President's food safety working group recommends a public-health focused approach to food safety that prioritizes prevention, instead of constantly reacting to the outbreak of foodborne illness," said Moore.  "Wood pallets are a good place to start; almost every food and medicine used by consumers has been on a pallet.  The wood industry's own best practices call for taking simple, easy steps to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, including using clean, dry pallets for food, storing pallets indoors and cleaning them.  But the wood pallet industry's track record demonstrates they won't take these steps themselves; Congress and FDA must require them to do so in order to protect consumers.

"We renew our call on Congress to require all pallets to meet minimum sanitary standards and use the latest technology that allows products to be traced throughout the U.S. supply chain," continued Moore.  "These easy, cost-effective improvements in the supply chain will make the American public safer."

iGPS researchers gathered samples from wood and plastic pallets located at markets and seafood retailers and wholesalers in and around '/>"/>

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