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Peanut Plant Was Cited for Violations

Posted by tothewire on January 27, 2009

The Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Ga.

The Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Ga.

The plant in Georgia that produced peanut butter tainted by salmonella has a history of sanitation lapses and was cited repeatedly in 2006 and 2007 for having dirty surfaces and grease residue and dirt buildup throughout the plant, according to health inspection reports.

Inspections of the plant in Blakely, Ga., by the State Agriculture Department found areas of rust that could flake into food, gaps in warehouse doors large enough for rodents to get through, unmarked spray bottles and containers and numerous violations of other practices designed to prevent food contamination. The plant, owned by the Peanut Corporation of America of Lynchburg, Va., has been shut down.

A typical entry from an inspection report, dated Aug. 23, 2007, said: “The food-contact surfaces of re-work kettle in the butter room department were not properly cleaned and sanitized.” Additional entries noted: “The food-contact surfaces of the bulk oil roast transfer belt” in a particular room “were not properly cleaned and sanitized. The food-contact surfaces of pan without wheels in the blanching department were not properly cleaned and sanitized.”

A code violation in the same report observed “clean peanut butter buckets stored uncovered,” while another cited a “wiping cloth” to “cover crack on surge bin.” Tests on samples gathered on the day of that inspection were negative for salmonella.

At a later inspection, on Dec. 14, 2007, no violations were noted, but the report said the plant was “shut down for cleaning.”

The inspection reports were provided by Georgia officials in response to a request made by The New York Times under the state’s open-records act.

State officials said they could not release two recent inspection reports from 2008 because of the continuing investigation into the plant. The state performs the inspections on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration as part of a contractual agreement with the federal agency, the officials said.

Representatives of the Peanut Corporation of America did not respond to requests for comment.

The salmonella outbreak has sickened almost 500 people around the country and is linked to seven deaths. More than 125 products containing peanut butter or peanut paste from the Georgia plant have been recalled.




2 Responses to “Peanut Plant Was Cited for Violations”

  1. douglaskev said

    thats disturbing….doesn’t it seem like everytime something goes wrong it could have been prevented?


  2. tothewire said

    YES! This new information though does really bother me. I don’t think I will enjoy even another peanut butter sandwich quite like I have in the past!

    I type that and Lawman heads for the kitchen to make one, he said that made him hungry for one. YUCK!


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