More news today on the peanut recall front, from the Washington Post, in a rather stunning announcement:
Every Peanut Product From Ga. Plant Recalled: FDA: Toss Out Anything Made in 2007-08
By Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post Staff Writer, Thursday, January 29, 2009; Page A01
Excerpt: “In one of the largest food recalls in history, the Food and Drug Administration asked retailers, manufacturers and consumers yesterday to throw out every product made in the past two years from peanuts processed by a Georgia plant at the heart of a deadly nationwide outbreak of salmonella illness….
The action came after federal officials discovered this month that the company, Peanut Corporation of America, knowingly shipped products contaminated with salmonella 12 times in 2007 and 2008, prompting a congresswoman to call yesterday for a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.
Michael Rogers of the FDA said the company violated good manufacturing practices by selling peanut products that had tested positive for salmonella bacteria in inspections commissioned by the firm. He said it turned over records of its inspections only after the FDA invoked special authority given to it by Congress in 2002 under laws to prevent bioterrorism….” (source)