Austin - State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) said he intends to have the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee investigate the recent outbreak of salmonella at a Texas peanut company operating without a state license or inspections.
"I'm not interested in playing the blame game," said Estes, who is chairman of the committee. "My interest is getting to the bottom of what went wrong, and how do we make sure it doesn't happen again."
Estes said the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Committee would begin its overview by focusing on three main areas.
First, how did this company operate so long without sufficient oversight, and
how do we prevent this from happening again? Second, what exactly
caused the salmonella outbreak? And, third, how can we determine if
there are other
"I believe that the food we produce and
process is fundamentally safe, but we need to reassure the public that they
can trust the
According to the Texas Department of State Health
Services, the Peanut Corporation of
Senator Estes is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and represents Senate District 30 covering Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin (part), Cooke, Denton (part), Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties.
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