WASHINGTON - In a shift on federal food safety policy, the Bush administration will soon begin telling consumers during food recalls whether their local grocery store has been stocking contaminated meat or poultry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced the change yesterday, currently publicizes food recalls and their sources but does not tell consumers where the tainted products have gone.

Longstanding anger about this policy flared in February during the largest beef recall in U.S. history, when the Agriculture Department refused to make public the schools and stores that carried beef recalled by the Chino, Calif.-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co.

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