ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers are drafting a plan that would
require food manufacturers to report internal inspections to state
It comes a day after federal investigators in a nationwide
salmonella outbreak linked to a southwest Georgia peanut butter
plant said the bacteria was found during internal tests at the
plant but that those records weren't shared with inspectors.
Georgia law does not require the Peanut Corp. of America plant
to reveal the results of the tests, but state Rep. Tom McCall said
Wednesday that is a loophole they aim to close soon. The Republican
chairs the House Agriculture Committee.
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin also says his
department will focus more on food safety inspections and less on
other duties, such as monitoring out-of-date foods.