Peanut plant problem forces fresh recall

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Peanut Corp. says it has expanded its recall in the salmonella outbreak into one of the largest in the nation's history out of an abundance of caution.

The company says the recall includes all peanut products dating back to Jan. 1, 2007 produced in its Georgia plant.

The company is relatively small but its peanut paste is an ingredient in hundreds of food products.

Inspectors found roaches, mold, a leaking roof and other sanitary problems at the Georgia plant, which continued to ship products anyway, even after they were found to contain salmonella.

A senior member of Congress and Georgia's agriculture commissioner have called for a criminal investigation, but the Food and Drug Administration says that's premature while its own probe continues.

More than 500 people have gotten sick and at least eight may have died as a result of salmonella infection. The plant has stopped all production.

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