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.
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