The federal Food and Drug Administration has put Georgia’s cantaloupe growers on notice that inspectors will be checking out packing operations when they begin in a few weeks. The agency is concerned about recent outbreaks of listeria and salmonella in the melons. So inspectors will visit a sample of facilities looking for any unsanitary conditions.
Georgia officials call the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis unprecedented. So far, 21 people across the country have died of the disease after receiving epidural steroid injections. The investigation is expanding.
Georgia's Saxby Chambliss is joining 12 other US Senators in calling on Food and Drug Administration officials to relax seafood advice for pregnant women. The Senators say, the agency's guidelines to avoid fish because of mercury are not consistent with new federal dietary recommendations.
President Obama is expected to sign into law this week a bill that Georgia’s Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association say isn’t strong enough. The bill gives more authority to the Food and Drug Administration in an attempt to prevent harmful contaminants like salmonella and e. coli. An exemption in the law, however, excludes small producers from the new regulations.