Legislation that would require food makers to swiftly alert state inspectors if their internal tests show their products are tainted is heading to the governor’s desk.

The Georgia Senate quickly agreed to minor changes to the measure Thursday, a day after House lawmakers passed a version of the bill. It now will await Gov. Sonny Perdue’s signature.

The proposed regulations would require the food processors to report the results within 24 hours. They moved rapidly through the Georgia Legislature in the wake of the outbreak that originated in a south Georgia peanut processing plant.

Lawmakers and food scientists say the measure would make Georgia the first state to adopt such requirements.

Rome News Tribune