The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on January 30, 2009, confirmed numerous outbreaks of “illnesses caused by Salmonella Typhimurium” as a result of exposure to “peanut butter and peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at its Blakely, Georgia processing plant.”
According to the FDA, such “peanut butter is sold by PCA in bulk containers ranging in size from five (5) to 1,700 pounds. The peanut paste is sold in sizes ranging from 35-pound containers to product sold by the tanker container. Neither of these products is sold directly to consumers.” However, through its investigation, the FDA “has determined that PCA distributed potentially contaminated product to more than 100 consignee firms, for use as an ingredient in hundreds of different products, such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream.”
In fact, the FDA has formally now cited PCA, with “failure to manufacture foods under conditions and controls necessary to minimize the potential for growth of microorganisms and contamination.” See complete investigative report HERE.
Such issues involving peanut butter and increased exposure to Salmonella have prompted a significant number of Pennsylvania dairies and food companies to initiate various food product recalls.
If you or someone you know has been harmed as a result of PCA’s peanut Salmonella contamination, please contact our law-firm immediately for a free-case consultation.