Local tomato growers are cheering a bill that passed in the Florida Senate Tuesday that is designed to ensure the safety of Florida-grown tomatoes, following a Salmonella scare two years ago.

The measure is another in a series of industry and regulators’ efforts designed to set minimum food safety standards and authorize the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to inspect tomato farms, greenhouses and packing facilities, says Craig Meyer, the department’s deputy commissioner.

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