Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lawmakers Want Access to Food Test Results

Federal officials apparently evoked homeland security law in order to get access to internal plant documents at the Peanut Corporation of America Blakely facility.

They revealed that routing quick tests on several occasions showed the presence of salmonella bacteria. Oscar Garrison with the Georgia Department of agriculture says current law does not require companies to share such information with state investigators.

“We don’t want to discourage internal testing But if companies do the testing, which we want require them to do, then they need to make those results available to us particularly when they find excessive problems,” Garrison says.

As a result State lawmakers are currently drafting a bill that would require companies to hand over internal test results to public inspectors. Meanwhile FDA officials have left the plant in blakely and moved on to the companies Virginia.

-By Susanna Capelouto

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