Ag chief urges support of Va peanut industry

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Todd Haymore is urging Virginians to support the state's peanut industry.

Haymore said Friday that the industry has been hurt by a decline in consumption caused by the recall of peanut products in a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

Haymore said the state's peanuts haven't been implicated in the recall. Most of Virginia's peanuts go into shelled or in-shell nuts and specialty products.

He also appealed for donations of peanut butter to food banks in the state. Haymore said peanut butter is a staple for food banks.

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