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Rosa DeLauro 3 articles

Salmonella: the bacteria that changed Washington?

Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nor state health agencies require food manufacturers to test the safety of their products before they enter the market. Inspectors periodically visit the factories where food is processed to make sure their operations are up to code, but as we have seen in the recent past, even those rules can be insufficient and lax. Obviously, large food manufacturers have a reputation to uphold, so it’s not surprising that many of them perform optional, randomized testing of their products. Kraft performed such tests on its Back to Nature trail mix, which is how it ... Read More

Peanut Corp’s Texas plant ran unlicensed, uninspected since 2005

Most of the news concerning the massive peanut butter recall has focused on the manufacturing facility in Blakely, Georgia where Peanut Corporation of America produced the contaminated peanut butter that sickened so many people. Now Peanut Corporation’s other factory in Plainview, Texas, is in the spotlight because it operated unlicensed and uninspected for nearly four years. Just how the Texas plant could have operated under the radar for four years raises questions about the effectiveness of government in keeping the nation’s food clean and safe to eat. The Food and Drug Administration relies on the state of Texas, as it ... Read More

Peanut Corp. may face criminal charges over salmonella outbreak

We reported earlier that the Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely, Georgia plant knowingly shipped out a dozen batches of peanut products that had tested positive for salmonella. As the federal government’s investigation continues, the likelihood that company mangers will face criminal charges appears to grow. Company records examined by the Food and Drug Administration indicate that the Peanut Corporation had the contaminated products retested by external labs after in-house lab tests found salmonella bacteria. The most recent re-test of contaminated peanut butter was ordered in September. Health officials began detecting signs of a salmonella outbreak in October. According to the ... Read More