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Conducting Food Origin Audits: a Step-by-Step Guide

This document is a guide to conducting a food origin audit. The audit process is valuable as it helps organizations or institutions determine the origin of the food they purchase. Once completed, the audit provides the purchaser a baseline from which to track its progress towards purchasing more local food. The basic process of a food origin audit is that the food manufacturer responsible for bringing an audited food to market is contacted and asked to provide details on the origin of the ingredient(s) in that food. Below is a basic summary of the steps involved in a food origin audit. See the later sections of this document for expanded details and examples for each of the five steps.