Peanut-plant salmonella brings calls for US food safety reform
Outbreak has sickened more than 600 and may have contributed to nine deaths.
February 11, 2009 — The peanut-related recall has renewed calls for increased oversight of the nation's foodmakers, and even regulators are saying they need to change procedures to better protect the public.
The recall stemming from salmonella contamination at the Peanut Corp. of America (PCA) plant in Blakely, Ga., resulted from a "total systemic breakdown," said Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., chairman of a congressional subcommittee that held a hearing on the recall Wednesday.
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The salmonella outbreak has sickened more than 600 and may have contributed to nine deaths.
The case has turned a spotlight on holes in the USA's food-safety net:
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Peanut-plant salmonella brings calls for food safety reform, by Julie Schmit, USA Today, February 11 2009
Posted: February 12, 2009
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