Feds confirm Salmonella at Peanut Corp location in Blakely, Georgia
Dallas, TX (AmericanInjuryNews.com)–The Associated Press (AP) reported U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) www.fda.gov officials confirmed salmonella contamination at one of Peanut Corp’s facilities in Blakely, Georgia late Friday. Federal officials remain baffled by a recent salmonella outbreak nationwide sickening more than 400 people in 43 states. The salmonella bacteria found at the Georgia manufacturing plant is still being tested to determine if the strain matches the genotype of the bacteria found in a 5 pound tub of peanut butter in Minnesota.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has initiated its own investigation into the growing salmonella epidemic and possible link to peanut paste. Officials state their current investigation remains unclear as to the source and cause of the salmonella outbreak and whether it is linked to Peanut Corp products. Federal investigators claim they are concentrating on 32 companies that Peanut Corp supplies out of 85.
Peanut Corp has already issued a recall and has not expanded it to include peanut butter produced at the Georgia plant from August 2008 and all peanut paste made since September 2008. Peanut butter processing has already been suspended at the Georgia facility by voluntarily by Peanut Corp executives. The company says they supply peanut butter to institutions, food service industries and private label food companies.
The government is also investigating a grower. Officials are concerned the salmonella contamination may have occurred before peanuts reached the processing plant. The grower passed its last inspection by the Georgia Department of Agriculture last summer.
AmericanInjuryNews.com by Dallas Product Injury Attorney Amy K. Witherite
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