Company Violated Trust By Shipping Salmonella-Laced Peanut Butter
The recent outbreak of salmonella-laced peanut butter and recalls have killed eight people and made 575 people sick. Now FDA says that the Georgia-based Peanut Corporation of America has knowingly shipped tainted Peanut Butter products even after they tested positive for Salmonella.
AP reports reads "as far back as 2007, salmonella-laced products were shipped by a Georgia peanut company that knew the peanuts probably were tainted and sometimes after tests confirmed that contamination, inspection records show."
Peanut Corporation of America has published a statement on it's website defending its own case. However, that information is mentioning the year 2008 and has no address of 2007.
Statement of Peanut Corporation of America
LYNCHBURG, Va. (February 4, 2009) -- Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) continues to be deeply concerned about those who have been affected by salmonella contamination in the past weeks. The product recalls issued by our company continue to expeditiously remove all potentially harmful products from the marketplace, in the best interest of the public's health and safety.
There has been a great deal of confusing and misleading information in the media. We want the public to know that there were regular visits and inspections of the Blakely facility by federal and state regulators in 2008. Independent audit and food safety firms also conducted customary unannounced inspections of the Blakely facility in 2008. One gave the plant an overall "superior" rating, and the other rated the plant as "Meet or Exceeds audit expectations (Acceptable- Excellent)" ratings. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the ongoing investigations, we will not be able to comment further about the facts related to this matter at this time.
PCA is second to nobody in its desire to know all the facts, and our team is working day and night to recall affected products and to complete its investigation.