Ga. moves closer to tightening food safety rules after salmonella outbreak

Source of Article: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2008878684_apxgrsalmonellaoutbreaklegislation.html

Georgia is poised to become the first state to adopt strict new food safety requirements in the aftermath of the salmonella outbreak.

ATLANTA

Georgia is poised to become the first state to adopt strict new food safety requirements in the aftermath of the salmonella outbreak.

The House voted unanimously Wednesday to require food makers to alert state inspectors within 24 hours if a plant's internal tests show its products are tainted. The Senate approved similar changes. Once the two chambers settle on minor differences, the final version could be sent to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Experts say no other state has such a rule.

The proposal was introduced after the salmonella outbreak was linked to the Peanut Corp. plant in Blakely. Investigators say the company knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products after internal tests showed they were contaminated.

State law did not require the company to share those test results.

 

 

 

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