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Peanut co. knowingly sold tainted products


January 29, 2009
By The Washington Post

Jan. 29, 2009 – The Georgia peanut plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has
killed eight people and sickened 500 more across the U.S. knowingly
shipped out contaminated peanut butter 12 times in the past two years,
federal officials said Tuesday.

Jan. 29, 2009 – The Georgia peanut plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has
killed eight people and sickened 500 more across the U.S. knowingly
shipped out contaminated peanut butter 12 times in the past two years,
federal officials said Tuesday.


Officials at the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, which have been investigating the
outbreak of salmonella illness, said yesterday that Peanut Corporation
of America found salmonella in internal tests a dozen times in 2007 and
2008 but sold the products anyway, sometimes after getting a negative
finding from a different laboratory.

Companies are not required to disclose their internal tests to
either the FDA or state regulators, so health officials did not know of
the problem. | FULL STORY

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