Ga. Senate passes salmonella bill

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate unanimously passed a bill to toughen up the state's food safety laws in response to the deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a South Georgia peanut plant.

The legislation would require food makers to alert state inspectors within 24 hours if a plant's internal tests show its products are contaminated.

The measure passed the state Senate 50 to 0 on Wednesday. It now moves to the House.

The bill's sponsor, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman John Bulloch, said that if the bill had been in place it would have raised a red flag at the Peanut Corp. plant in Blakely, Ga.

Investigators say the Lynchburg, Va.-based company knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products even after internal tests showed they were contaminated.

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toppergem 02/18/09 - 02:30 pm
What good is this going to

What good is this going to do? If the owners knowing shipped contaminated goods to the consumers, what is this law going to stop them from lying to our state agencies when they have failed an inspection...nothing!!!

mad_max 02/18/09 - 02:30 pm
Yeh, nothing like closing the

Yeh, nothing like closing the barn door after the cows are out. You mean there wasn't some kind of law like this already? Hope these guys aren't in charge of making the rules for reporting leaks from nuclear plants or chemical plants.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 02/18/09 - 03:35 pm
That's comparing nuts to

That's comparing nuts to caviar!

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