New federal rules help alert food safety

September 8, 2009 5:35:01 PM PDT
A growing concern over salmonella poisoning has lead to new food safety regulations.

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New federal rules are now in place to alert government officials of potentially contaminated food products.

The regulations come in the wake of a series of food recalls, including outbreaks of salmonella linked to peanut butter.

Under the new rules, food makers must notify government officials of possible problems within 24 hours.

The FDA now has an electronic database making that possible.

The grocery manufacturers association had no immediate comment.

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