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Department of Ag's inspectors called into question

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Agriculture is defending their inspection process after legislators called it into question during a hearing to address the salmonella outbreak.

The department came under fire after a state inspector found only minor problems at a Blakely peanut plant in October. Less than three months later, federal agents found roaches, mold, a leaking roof, and other problems.

Lawmakers responded to the outbreak by passing legislation that requires food makers to alert state inspectors immediately if internal tests show their products are tainted.

Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said he doesn't believe that legislation would have passed before the outbreak.

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