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FDA releases inspection report on peanut butter plant

January 28, 2009 | 11:09 am

The U.S.Food and Drug Administration today released its report, called a "483," on inspections of the Georgia plant that makes peanut butter and peanut paste and has been linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

The report provides a detailed account of inspections done once the FDA linked the Peanut Corp. of America plant to the outbreak. Federal officials on Tuesday talked about problems they found at the plant.

Among the allegations in today's report, inspectors noted that "the peanut paste line was not cleaned after the bacterium Salmonella typhimurium was isolated from the peanut paste manufactured on Sept. 26, 2008." The report says Peanut Corp. continued to make paste on that line until Jan. 9.

The company's products are used by companies around the country as ingredients in cookies, nutrition bars, dog snacks and other items.

-- Mary MacVean