Atlanta, GA (CNN) A new soy sauce company is set to open its first Georgia manufacturing facility in the next two months.
Soju Inc. announced Monday that it will open the facility in Peachtree City, Georgia, with plans to eventually move the production to a new facility in Atlanta.
The new plant will be located on the edge of the Atlanta metro area, and will be open to the public.
The announcement comes amid growing concern over the lack of food safety standards in Georgia.
The Georgia Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says more than a third of the soy sauces in the U.S. are not safe for human consumption, and nearly a third have not been approved for human use.
The FDA says it is working with manufacturers to ensure food safety and safety standards for their products, but it has not provided a timeline for those efforts.
Georgia is home to more than 200 food and beverage plants, but only two are currently producing soy sauce.
The state has one of the highest rates of food poisoning in the country, with more than 400 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sojuns products are often used to make the popular sauce, but there is no official label on them.
The company said that, unlike most other soy sauce manufacturers, it is taking a hands-off approach, and it will not be taking part in any food safety testing or certifying any food products.
“As we strive to produce a soy sauce that is safe to use and consume, we want to ensure that our suppliers are following the safety requirements of the FDA, and we will not engage in any form of food testing or certification for our soy sauces,” Sojun said in a statement.
The Atlanta area has been experiencing a severe drought, and Georgia has been hit especially hard by it.
It’s a state with a growing population of food-stamp recipients, and the state’s unemployment rate was 6.3% in July, according the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
The drought has left many farmers struggling with the cost of feeding their families.
So many farmers are not able to afford the cost to grow food in their fields, leaving the state without fresh water for irrigation and irrigation systems for their crops.
That’s made it difficult for many farmers to produce their own soy sauce and soybeans.
As the drought has become more severe, soju has been looking for ways to make money from the product.
That is why the company has decided to build a plant in Georgia, and now it has secured funding for the construction.
“With this facility in place, Soju is in the process of transitioning from an importer to a manufacturer and will soon begin expanding its production capabilities to produce additional soy sauces to meet our demand,” Soju said in the announcement.
The Soy Sauce Association of America (SAGA) said in an email to CNN that it is disappointed with the announcement, but welcomed the company’s decision to move production to Georgia.
“It is important to note that SAGA has long advocated for stronger food safety measures and safety for consumers and producers in Georgia,” SAGA Executive Director Tom Johnson said in response to the announcement by Soju.
“SAGA’s goal is to promote a safe food environment and promote a healthy environment for our consumers and to encourage responsible consumption.”
The company has said it will work with the state to ensure the safety of soy sauces.
“We are committed to improving our process and quality control,” Sojo said.