Peanut Plant Knew About Salmonella Contamination
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Feb 02, 2009 in Foodborne Illness
A newly released FDA report says that Peanut Corporation of Americas internal microbiological testing returned positive results for salmonella 12 times in 2007 and 2008 at its plant in Blakely, Georgia.
Since the recalled was announced, salmonella has been found in peanut paste, peanut butter, peanut meal, peanut granules and oil-roasted, salted peanuts.
They were lab shopping, according to Tommy Irvin, Georgias agriculture commissioner. They were trying to find a way to clear this product, so they can ship their product out, he told CNN.
The company denied accusations it had been lab shopping.
The inspection revealed that the company failed to clean the production line and prevent cross-contamination when the bacteria was found last September.
Other violations included:
- Contamination of plant surfaces and equipment
- Discovery of roaches near production and packaging areas
- Inability of the companys ventilation system to prevent the salmonella from contaminating other parts of the plant
More than 500 people have gotten sick in the outbreak and at least eight may have died as a result of salmonella infection.
The recall was expanded yesterday to include products produced since January 1, 2007. More than 300 products have been recalled. Federal health officials recommend that consumers throw away any recalled products and not consume any products whose safety cannot be verified.