Georgia House Votes Yes on Tightened Food Safety

September 21, 2010

Those who knowingly distribute any tainted food product could soon face criminal charges in the state of Georgia. In a 142-20 vote today, the Georgia House passed a food-safety bill that, in addition to levying a $20,000 fine, would make distributing tainted food a crime. Those who broke the law would face up to 20 years in prison. The move to tighten food safety was spurred by the 2008 nationwide salmonella outbreak that stemmed from Peanut Corp....s of America...s processing plant in Blakely, GA.

Those who knowingly distribute any tainted food product could soon face criminal charges in the state of Georgia. In a 142-20 vote today, the Georgia House passed a food-safety bill that, in addition to levying a $20,000 fine, would make distributing tainted food a crime. Those who broke the law would face up to 20 years in prison.

The move to tighten food safety was spurred by the 2008 nationwide salmonella outbreak that stemmed from Peanut Corp....s of America...s processing plant in Blakely, GA.

Now approved by Georgia...s House, the bill will next been seen by Georgia...s Senate. Last year, the state passed a law requiring that companies alert state inspectors within 24 hours if any traces of tainted products was found in their facilities.