The Georgia House of Representatives today considers proposed legislation to strengthen food safety rules in that state. Among other things, Senate Bill 80 includes a provision that would require food makers to alert state inspectors within 24 hours if a plant’s internal tests show products are tainted. Experts say no other state has such a rule.
The bill was introduced following the salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corporation of America. Investigators say the company knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products even after PCA’s internal tests showed the products were tainted. State law did not require the company to share those test results.