Today the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported that Georgia “has largely failed to reduce the number of illnesses caused by food-borne contamination over the past four years.” This report came from officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Robert Tauxe, a top food safety official at CDC, said “In Georgia, as in other sites, there has been very little evidence of process in food safety over the past four years.”
This apparently is a much more difficult problem to tackle than what was previously thought of.
Now, the agency is increasing the testing of Georgia foods, modernizing the testing, and shifting staff to place more inspectors in the field.
This comes after the salmonella outbreak involving peanuts and pistachios! The peanut salmonella outbreak was traced to the Peanut Corporation of America’s facility in Georgia that sickened 690 people in 46 states.
The spotlight continues to grow on Georgia.