Feds Shut Down Organic Peanut Processing Plant; First Case Under Food Safety Modernization Act
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Concerns recently cited by WMD Center Director Randall Larsen concerning the vulnerability of peanut processing plants have turned out to be eerily prophetic. As of yesterday, the FDA shut down a large organic peanut processing plant in New Mexico, citing health concerns.
But it wasn't the terrorists which hit the Sunland peanut processing plant. According to the FDA, the plant had sloppy health practices which resulted in eleven batches over a twelve-year time span testing positive for salmonella. A recent outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney, which reportedly sickened 41 people across 20 states was linked to the peanut butter processed at the Sunland facility, states the FDA.
The FDA website reports: This was the FDA’s first use of its registration suspension authority, under the Food Safety Modernization Act. This new authority enables the agency to take this action when food manufactured, processed, packed, received, or held by a facility has a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals, and other conditions are met. CONTINUE: [link to www.activistpost.com]