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New food safety web site hopes to spark changes

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The federal government hopes a new website will help improve food safety.

It was started by the President's Food Safety Working Group. The most recent salmonella outbreak spread by tainted peanut products from a Blakley plant prompted Georgia legislators to strengthen Georgia's food safety standards, but most states have not taken similar action.

"We're in such a global economy where we're getting food from literally all over the world and to be perfectly honest our food safety mechanism has not kept pace with that. There's just a small percentage of food that's actually looked at or tested," said Jim Pericaud, Environmental Health Director.

The food safety website lets the public know more information about the agencies that protect their food and allows them the opportunity to send the government feedback.

To access the webpage just click on this link. www.foodsafetyworkinggroup.gov

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