Will local supply solve the horsemeat contamination problem?

An article in the Financial Times (March 3,2013) describes a decision by Tesco, a UK retailer, to increase use of local sources, starting with chicken and working towards others. Similarly,Carrefour, a French retailer, claimed it would shift to French sources. The claim is that the simpler, local supply chains will reduce contamination risks. Will shifting to local sources reduce risk because of greater oversight or is it reliance on local laws ? Given that 40% of UK meat is imported, will local sources increase prices ? Is the contamination problem the symptom or poor supplier management or global sourcing ?

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