SAFETY FIRST

Twenty-five million pounds of ground beef. In the high-volume world of food chain retailing, that may not sound like much.But looking back at the events that shaped fresh-foods retailing in 1997, that number -- the amount of hamburger meat processed by Rogers, Ark.-based Hudson Foods Co. that was pulled from the market in the biggest and most publicized meat recall ever -- represents considerable

Twenty-five million pounds of ground beef. In the high-volume world of food chain retailing, that may not sound like much.

But looking back at the events that shaped fresh-foods retailing in 1997, that number -- the amount of hamburger meat processed by Rogers, Ark.-based Hudson Foods Co. that was pulled from the market in the biggest and most publicized meat recall ever -- represents considerable weight for an industry bearing the burden of questions about food safety.

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