Gulf oyster industry eyes electronic tracking

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico is developing an electronic system needed to track oysters for new food safety regulations.

The Courier reports ( ) that Gulf states are developing the system, required under measures passed by Congress last year to make it easier to track food-borne illness by tracing food from harvest to table.

The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, a board representing the five Gulf states on fisheries issues, wants to replace the paper tracking process in use today with electronic technology.

Industry leaders say doing that could make the data more efficient, easier to access and could reduce the cost of complying with new food-safety regulations.

Information from: The Courier,

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