by Marion Nestle
Jan 29 2009

Latest chapter in peanut butter saga

The CDC reports more than 500 cases and 8 deaths from Salmonella typimurium in peanut butter produced at a single plant in Georgia owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

Fortunately, the number of reported cases is going down.FDA officials reveal that the PCA plant has a history of knowingly shipping peanut butter contaminated with Salmonella. But these incidents did not involve the same strain.

The peanut industry says this is one bad peanut and everyone else’s peanuts are OK.

I say (again and again): Peanuts are not kcovered by standard food safety regulations (voluntary Good Manufacturing Practices demonstrably do not work).  We need HACCP food safety regulations – with Pathogen Reduction –  for all foods, from farm to table.

January 30 update: Apparently, the New York Times editorial staff agrees with me!  And no wonder, given what their reporters are saying about ithis incident.

  • Daniel Ithaca, NY

    “We need HACCP food safety regulations – with Pathogen Reduction – for all foods, from farm to table.” M.N.

    I second it!

    All in favor?

  • http://jmride.blogspot.com Jmatt

    Storing open bins of roasted peanuts in the same room as raw product w/ negative ventilation and leaking roof ? In Georgia? This story just gets worse, its a perfect example of people who just don’t care. I have seen lax attitudes in peanut butter and other veg oil related plants but nothing like this.

    Its sad but not important why proper regulations don’t apply, the laws have got to be changed. GMP is a joke for people with no conscience.

  • http://www.jo-dee-will-succeed.blogspot.com Dee

    How ridiculous!! Preventable deaths. *shakes head*