Peanut Butter Salmonella Plant Re-Opening
It’s been nearly a year since a massive national salmonella outbreak that was traced to peanut butter caused one of the largest organic peanut butter makers in the country, Sunland Inc., to shutter plants. But this past week, company officials announced that most of the issues that caused the outbreak have been resolved, and the company is working to get its peanut butter back in stores.
The company has announced that, with this year’s peanut harvest, Sunland’s peanut butter can once again found on Sunland’s very own retail store shelves. The company is also working to get it back into the other stores that customers once relied on for its product.
Sunland, Inc., which is located in New Mexico, was forced to incorporate a number of major changes to its food safety processes and procedures, based on demands by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after its company’s products were determined to have caused a salmonella outbreak that made 41 people sick over 20 states. The federal agency conducted an investigation last year that found salmonella bacteria in 28 different locations in the plant, as well as in at least 13 different peanut butter samples. The results of the investigation was to cause the plant to shut down and to lay off much of its workers for months.
But during that time, Sunland worked with the FDA to develop a plan to keep the plant clean and sanitary and met all of the agency’s requirements, and the plant is now on track to resume production.
Salmonella is far too common an infection; it is the second-most common food borne illness in the United States. Most of the time, it only causes minor discomfort for a few days. In some cases, however, more serious symptoms occur, including nausea, cramps, serious diarrhea that can lead to dehydration, vomiting, chills, fever and body aches, all of which will show up within eight to 72 hours, and stick around for a week or more. In some cases, salmonella infection can be life threatening, especially to small children and the elderly.
If you or someone you love has become sick, head to a doctor immediately. If salmonella infection is diagnosed, and food contamination is he suspected cause, you should contact the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today to protect your rights.