Salmonella Outbreak Legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to sign a bill
that would make Georgia the first to require food makers to swiftly
alert state inspectors if their internal tests show their products
are tainted.

The proposed food safety regulations would require the food
processors to report the results within 24 hours.

The proposal moved rapidly through the Georgia Legislature in
the wake of the salmonella outbreak that originated in a south
Georgia peanut processing plant. It sickened hundreds and was
linked to the deaths of at least nine people.

Federal officials, food scientists, legal experts and industry
groups cannot point to another state with similar requirements. And
Georgia lawmakers say the new provision would make it the first
state to have such a rule.

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