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Published March 23, 2010, 11:09 AM

Senate passes Florida tomato safety bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state Senate has passed a bill designed to ensure the safety of Florida-grown tomatoes following a false salmonella scare nearly two years ago.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state Senate has passed a bill designed to ensure the safety of Florida-grown tomatoes following a false salmonella scare nearly two years ago.

The measure that won approval Tuesday would set minimum safety standards and authorize the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to inspect farms, greenhouse and packing facilities.

Florida produces between 40 and 50 percent of the country’s fresh tomato supply.

A federal investigation of a salmonella outbreak initially focused on tomatoes in 2008, but not a single tomato was found to be contaminated. The probe then shifted to peppers from Mexico.

The bill passed 35-1 and now goes to the House where a similar measure (HB 69) is awaiting floor action.

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