Y2K EFFORTS NOW FOCUS ON CALMING CONSUMERS

WASHINGTON -- The great unknown of the year-2000 problem, and potentially its most troublesome aspect, is how consumers will behave as 1999 draws to a close. Most industry groups and government bodies believe the food-industry's supply chains will be able to keep stores stocked, despite fallout from potential computer failures.If people gripped by "Y2K panic" stockpile or hoard food and other necessities,

WASHINGTON -- The great unknown of the year-2000 problem, and potentially its most troublesome aspect, is how consumers will behave as 1999 draws to a close. Most industry groups and government bodies believe the food-industry's supply chains will be able to keep stores stocked, despite fallout from potential computer failures.

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