Kellogg's CEO calls for major food safety reforms

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kellogg's CEO says the nation's food safety system needs a major overhaul in the wake of the salmonella outbreak linked to peanuts.

David Mackay is calling for a single food safety agency, requiring all food companies have written safety plans and annual federal inspections of facilities that make high-risk foods. Mackay will make his recommendations to Congress on Thursday. A copy of his remarks was obtained by The Associated Press.

A strong endorsement from a major industry figure could boost President Barack Obama's efforts to revamp the system.

Mackay said Kellogg's lost about $70 million as a result of the salmonella outbreak. It purchased peanut paste from Peanut Corp. of America, under criminal investigation for allegedly shipping tainted goods.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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