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waybomb
02-10-2009, 06:19 PM
The FBI served search warrants at Peanut Corp. of America's Georgia peanut processing plant and at its headquarters in Lynchburg, VA, according to a senior congressional aide with knowledge of the raids, reported The Associated Press. Full Story (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1152876&subid=3794238&campid=2031125&type=1)

waybomb
02-10-2009, 06:20 PM
A subsidiary of Peanut Corporation of America, Plainview Peanut Company, LLC, suspended operation of its Texas processing facility while the Texas Department of State Health Services and FDA complete their investigation of the plant's procedures and records of food safety. Full Story (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1152877&subid=3794238&campid=2031125&type=1)

waybomb
02-10-2009, 06:20 PM
Owned by Peanut Corp. of America, the Tidewater Blanching plant in Suffolk, VA, was also cited last year for inadequate conditions, according to Virginia state inspection records, reported USA Today. Full Story (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1152878&subid=3794238&campid=2031125&type=1)

waybomb
02-10-2009, 06:20 PM
Contrary to its previous statements, Peanut Corp. of America sold products directly to retail outlets such as dollar stores. The retailers included Dollar Tree Stores, Dollar General, 99 Cent Stuff and 99 Cent Only stores. Full Story (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1152879&subid=3794238&campid=2031125&type=1)

waybomb
02-10-2009, 06:20 PM
The list of manufacturers who are voluntarily recalling peanut butter items in association with Peanut Butter of America's Salmonella outbreak expanded. Full Story (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1152880&subid=3794238&campid=2031125&type=1) ... FDA's searchable database for the recalled products can be found here (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1152881&subid=3794238&campid=2031125&type=1).

waybomb
02-10-2009, 06:21 PM
State investigators performed more than half of FDA's food inspections in 2007, according to an Associated Press analysis of FDA data. The number of federal field food inspectors dropped by more than 400 between 2003 and 2007, according to FDA's budget. But the number of businesses requiring oversight increased by 7,200 between 2003 and 2007, according to the Government Accountability Office. Full Story (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1152883&subid=3794238&campid=2031125&type=1)

waybomb
02-10-2009, 06:24 PM
NEW YORK New data from The Nielsen Co. shows that while the peanut-related recall is having minimal effect on prepackaged peanuts the impact on jarred peanut butter is stark.

In the four weeks ended Jan. 24, jarred peanut butter sales tracked by Nielsen totaled $72.5 million, down 11.5% from the previous four-week period and down 3.8% from the same period a year ago. The year-over-year decline follows eight consecutive months of double-digit growth in the category.

In total, 33.8 million lbs of jarred peanut butter were sold in the most recent four-week period, down 11% from the previous period and down 22.1% from the same period a year ago, according to Nielsen.

Meanwhile, prepackaged peanuts, including bags, cans, jars and unshelled, posted sales of nearly $32 million, down 25.9% from the previous four-week period and down 1% from the same period a year ago. Nielsen attributed the decline to "the typical seasonal pattern seen for each of the past four years."

"The peanut butter outbreak shows little ill-effect on prepackaged peanuts, but the peanut butter category is definitely showing the impact," said Todd Hale, senior vice-president of Consumer & Shopper Insights at Nielsen. "It would appear that manufacturers and retailers are quickly removing potentially tainted products off of store shelves. For those who are not affiliated with the particular supplier of tainted product, now is the time to take extra measures to educate consumers and minimize any negative impact."

waybomb
02-11-2009, 06:19 PM
Peanut Corp. of America owner Stewart Parnell urged employees to ship tainted products after receiving test results identifying salmonella because the executive was concerned about lost sales, according to internal company e-mails disclosed by a House committee, reported The Associated Press. Full Story (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1153539&subid=3794238&campid=2031175&type=1)

waybomb
02-11-2009, 06:19 PM
Products at a Peanut Corporation of America subsidiary in Texas may be tainted with salmonella, according to tests, noted state health authorities, reported CNN. Full Story (http://lists.foodinstitute.com/tracking.jsp?linkid=1153540&subid=3794238&campid=2031175&type=1)

joec
02-11-2009, 06:43 PM
Here is a case where the FDA should have been fully funded but then we know the government can't produce jobs. I think it is about time we got some real testing of our food supply which will take tax dollars to pay for. This is another area that falls under the common good.

As for these guys, I highly recommend China's method, capital punishment as I consider this mass murder as per the number of cases of people this has killed so far.. :soapbox:

AllenOK
02-11-2009, 11:43 PM
I've always felt that folks who are convicted of First Degree Murder should be punished in the exact manner their victims suffered. The exec. that ordered shipping tainted product should be force-fed several gallons of said tainted product.