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The maker of peanut butter linked to a nationwide outbreak of salmonella shipped tainted product it knew had tested positive for the bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
The FDA report said the Peanut Corporation of America's own testing program found strains of salmonella 12 times in 2007 and 2008 at its Blakely, Georgia, plant. The problem does not appear to have been resolved.
When FDA inspectors visited the plant this month, they reported finding still more salmonella contamination.
According to the inspection report, posted on the FDA's Web site, the "firm's own internal microbiological testing" found salmonella in peanut paste, peanut butter, peanut meal, peanut granules and oil-roasted, salted peanuts.
However, it added, "After the firm retested the product and received a negative status, the product was shipped."
That's not the way it ought to have been handled, according to one expert. "They were lab shopping," said Tommy Irvin, Georgia's agriculture commissioner. "
They were trying to find a way to clear their product, so they can ship their product out," he told CNN.
He said proper practices demand that if any food product tests positive for salmonella and another test comes back negative, "you believe the one that is positive."
We not only need regulations on the books but we need them to be aggresively enforced.
UPDATE: Oh my goodness. Against all odds I have just remembered the name of the book I read when I was so young. It is Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders (published in 1893). You can read the entire book online right here.
And I recommend that you read the Amazon reviews right here.