Saturday, February 7, 2009

Peanut Butter Recall Update

As the peanut butter recall expands, it is beginning to appear that the Salmonella outbreak was more than an accident. It had been reported that the Peanut Corporation of America had shipped products that had previously been positive for Salmonella but then had retested negative. This is bad enough, but now this article claims that they even sent out product without retesting...thus they knowingly and intentionally sent out tainted peanut products.

"In some situations the firm received a positive salmonella test result, followed by a later negative result, and then shipped the products," said the FDA report, which was included in an e-mail to CNN. "In some other situations, the firm shipped the products [which had already tested positive] before it had received the [second] positive test results."

In some cases, it said, "no additional testing appears to have been done."

No one from the company returned a call seeking comment.

Federal authorities have initiated a criminal investigation into the company.

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