Friday, February 13, 2009

Peanut Corporation Of America Files For Bankruptcy Amid Salmonella Outbreak

Blakley, GA
The Virginia based food processing company, Peanut Corporation of America has filed for bankruptcy protection after 5 deaths have been linked to tainted peanut butter manufactured in a Blakey, Georgia peanut processing plant.

The Center for Disease Control reports that 453 people in 43 states have been infected with salmonella after eating products containing peanut from the plant. One case of infection is also reported in Canada. "Of these, 22 percent are hospitalized and five deaths have been reported that may be associated," the CDC's Dr. Robert Tauxe said.

PCA president Stewart Parnell, of Virginia, issued a statement on Friday saying, "Today, the FDA informed PCA that new product samples in unopened containers tested positive for Salmonella."

The Kellogg Company has recalled numerous products including some Keebler brand snacks manufactured with peanut butter paste from the tainted factory. The company also faces several lawsuits from those who became sick after eating the products.

In recent years another peanut plant in south Georgia was linked to a nation wide salmonella outbreak. It is believed that the problems are caused by unsanitary conditions within the plants, possibly due to the high number of illegal immigrants employed by many food processors in the state.

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