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Georgia Senate panel considers food safety changes


ATLANTA (KWWL) - State lawmakers are considering new food safety rules in Georgia, where a peanut plant has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide.

The Senate Agriculture Committee is to consider a bill Monday that would require food makers to alert state inspectors within a day if internal tests show a contaminant in a plant.

Those tests would be in addition to unannounced state and federal inspections.

The proposal is a response to the salmonella outbreak linked to a Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Ga. Investigators say the company knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products after tests showed they were contaminated.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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