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.