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State Rep To Introduce New Food And Safety Bill

DETROIT (WWJ) - State Representative Rashida Tlaib is planning to introduce a bill that is designed to force local store owners to practice basic food and safety and employment standards.

According to Tlaib, the bill was prompted by a recent report on Detroit's retail food outlets with liquor licenses. The bill was drafted in partnership with the Good Food Good Jobs Coalition.

Tlaib said many, but not all,  local businesses were following the rules.  "Good local businesses were doing the right thing, then there were others that weren't and they weren't being held accountable," said Tlaib.

To make sure that business owners follow the proposal, Tlaib said it will link compliance of the bill to the business owner's liquor licenses. She added that this form of leverage will force retail food outlet owners to offer quality food and safe working environments for their employees.

"We've drafted a bill that basically amends and adds protections for workers, as well as health and sanitation protection," Tlaib said.

Tlaib plans to introduce the bill on Tuesday.

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