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Law Would Allow Public Notice Of Meat Recalls

Sacramento, CA — Health officials could tell the public about tainted meat despite an agreement with the federal government under a bill the Senate is sending to Governor Schwarzenegger.

California had to agree to keep the information secret as a condition of getting information from the federal government about meat recalls.

The bill approved by the state Senate would require poultry and meat suppliers to directly inform the state Department of Health Services when they recall products.

The department could then tell county health officials and the public. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in 2004, saying the health department should try to compromise with the federal government.