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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Tuesday afternoon President Obama signed the first major overhaul of the country's food safety laws in 70-years, but a south Georgia Congressman will fight to keep the law from being implemented.

Congress passed the bill after several major deadly Salmonella and E. Coli outbreaks in recent years, Including two tied to peanut products at south Georgia plants.

The law gives the FDA power to order recalls of tainted food for the first time and increases food inspection. It will cost $1.4 billion.

Representative Jack Kingston says that's too costly since the food supply is largely safe.

"The FDA wants to spend another $1.4 billion and hire 18,000 food inspectors, and I don't know that's the most efficient expenditure the federal government needs to be making in light of our deficit," said Rep. Kingston (R) Georgia.

The $1.4-billion would be spread over five years, but Kingston and other republicans promise to fight to keep it from being funded.

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