Lawmakers Offer Bill To Mandate Food Safety Checks

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Democrats are pushing for mandatory food safety tests at the state's food processing plants following the lastest recall.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer (FEW rer) says he plans to introduce legislation to require California's food processing plants to regularly test for tainted food. He also wants food processors to report any contamination within 24 hours.

Many processors now test their food but aren't required to disclose results to authorities.

The draft bill also requires plants to craft detailed plans to prevent contamination.

Health officials are investigating what caused roasted pistachios processed at central California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. to become contaminated with salmonella. The company has recalled more than 2 million pounds of its roasted nuts.

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