ATLANTA (AP) -- Food processors in Georgia who don't conduct
mandatory tests for contamination or hide the results would face
thousands of dollars in fines under proposed regulations.
Officials at the Georgia Department of Agriculture said Monday
they are taking public comments on regulations implementing the
fines, which were part of legislation passed by lawmakers. The
regulations should be set by early summer.
The fines give teeth to a law requiring that food processors
test for contamination and report problematic results to state
authorities. Failing to test products as required could bring a
$5,000 fine for each violation. Hiding a test showing contamination
would cost $7,500 for every violation.
State law makes knowingly shipping contaminated products a
felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum $20,000