California lawmakers introduce food safety legislation
April 01, 2009
by Keith Nunes
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — In response to the Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. recall, two California legislators, Mike Feuer and Karen Bass, both of Los Angeles, have introduced food safety legislation that would, among other things, require food processors report positive test results for a "dangerous contaminant" to state authorities within 24-hours.
"Once again California consumers and retailers are facing another food product recall," Ms. Bass said. "That’s unacceptable."
The proposed legislation has three primary points. First, food processors would be required to adopt "detailed plans" to ensure their products are safe. Second, food processors would have to undergo periodic testing. The legislation does not define what type of testing is proposed. And finally, manufacturers would be required to report positive test results to state authorities within 24-hours.
"We must also protect and support California’s food industry," Mr. Feuer said. "Businesses working hard to protect public health can suffer major losses when less scrupulous operators don’t do their part."