WOW! Peanut Corporation
of America Texas Plant Fined $14.6 Million Due to Salmonella Contamination
According to press
reports, the Texas Department of State Health Services has levied a $14.6
million fine against the Texas plant owned by a peanut company at the heart
of a national salmonella outbreak. The Texas Department of State
Health Services said Thursday it was fining Plainview Peanut Co. LLC over
alleged violations that include unsanitary conditions, product
contamination, illnesses linked to peanuts from the plant and operating
without a food manufacturers' license. The Plainview plant has been
closed since Feb. 9. The plant's owner, Peanut Corp. of America, is blamed
for an outbreak that has sickened nearly 700 people and is said to be the
cause of at least nine deaths.
I look forward to seeing
the insides of both the Texas and Georgia plants in the coming weeks.