FDA report finds multiple problems at peanut plantSubmitted by alwayssimon on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 16:49
WASHINGTON – Roaches, mold, and signs of a leaking roof were among numerous problems federal inspectors uncovered at a Georgia peanut plant implicated in the national salmonella outbreak, the government said Wednesday.
Food and Drug Administration inspectors noted ten separate problem areas in the report, which the agency posted on the Internet.
The report also documented that the plant's owner, Peanut Corp. of America, found salmonella in a dozen internal tests of its products during the past two years. But managers at the plant shipped the peanut butter and peanut paste anyway after getting new tests. The FDA said the company did not initially disclose the first tests to investigators trying to solve the current salmonella outbreak.
Peanut products initially found to be contaminated with salmonella were shipped as recently as last September. Health officials started picking up signals of the outbreak a month later.
Separately, senior congressional and state officials called Wednesday for a federal probe of possible criminal violations at the Blakely, Ga. peanut processing plant.
The company's actions "can only be described as reprehensible and criminal," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who oversees FDA funding. "Not only did this company knowingly sell tainted products, it shopped for a laboratory that would provide the acceptable results they were seeking. This behavior represents the worst of our current food safety regulatory system."
Just a small tidbit.
My father is friends with the owner of another large Georgia based plant (at least part of the operation is) called Kreider Poultry and he was saying the other day that he just acquired much of the factory equipment from the Blakely Georgia plant at largely slashed prices because the company is bankrupt- and has been on the verge for almost two years now.