Calif. senate holds food
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
Gloria Romero said she's concerned about delays that took place in
schools that they had purchased contaminated peanut products. She said the
contamination was known on January 14, but school districts were not notified
until February 1.
estimated that 37 percent of those tainted products were consumed by
got to do more to make sure that children who come to our system, in one of
the nation's largest lunch programs in the nation, are protected," said
Romero. " When there are recalls issued, children,
parents, districts need immediate notification."
The joint hearing was held by the Food &
Agriculture and Education Committees.
also heard that manufacturers are not required to notify state health
officials if food products test positive for salmonella or other diseases.
Dean Florez said contamination should be
reported promptly to California public health officials, and they should have
the ability to quarantine products until it's determined that they are safe.