Unlicensed Texas plant run by PCA

Source of Article: http://www.ift.org/news_bin/news/news_home.shtml

2/09/2009-According to an Associated Press article, a peanut processing plant in Plainview, Texas run by the Peanut Corp. of America is not licensed with the state and has never been inspected since it opened in March 2005. In fact, the plant wasnt inspected until Jan., after PCA came under investigation by the FDA for the national Salmonella outbreak. Texas is one of the states where the FDA relies on state inspectors to oversee food safety. The state requires food manufacturers to be licensed every two years and routinely inspected. According to David Glasgow, Director of the FDAs investigations branch in Dallas, Texas, the plant was properly registered with the FDA as a food processing plant. No Salmonella was found in plant during the recent inspection. The Texas plant blanches, dry roasts, oil roasts, and chops peanuts, then ships them to food companies across the country.

Associated Press article



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