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Published September 13, 2011, 12:00 AM

Plum Island


This undated file photo provided by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Plum Island, a tiny island off the coast of New York's Long Island where the nation's primary animal disease laboratory is located. An Associated Press analysis of the country's food defense programs found that the U.S. government has spent at least $3.4 billion on food counter-terrorism in the last decade, but key programs have been bogged down in a huge, multi-headed bureaucracy. And with no single agency in charge, officials acknowledge it's impossible to measure whether orchards or feedlots are actually any safer. (AP Photo/USDA-ARS, File)
Read the article: Nation's food anti-terror plans costly, unwieldy