Posted at: 01/04/2013 4:25 PM
Updated at: 01/04/2013 5:22 PM
By: KOB.com staff
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing new safety rules after several food borne illness outbreaks.
That includes one that came from a New Mexico peanut plant.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 told you about the salmonella outbreak traced back to Sunland in Portales.
Twenty people got sick after eating peanut butter that was made there.
The new rules would require food manufacturers to have a written plan identifying safety hazards and how they can be prevented.
Produce farmers would have to ensure the water and soil they use is clean. They also have to take measures to prevent animals from entering the fields.