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FDA closes nation's largest organic peanut butter plant

9:44 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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NEW MEXICO (WZZM) -- The largest organic peanut butter plant will stay closed after the FDA found more salmonella.

Sunland's New Mexico plant was set to reopen Tuesday. However, the FDA stepped in, saying it found salmonella in the products and throughout the facility.

At least 41 people in 20 states became sick earlier this year from tainted peanut butter made in the plant. A new law passed last year gave the FDA the power to shut down the company.

Sarah Klein from the Center for Science in the Public Interest says, "This gives us hope that the FDA is prepared to act aggressively and protect consumers.

The FDA says Sunland's food safety violations have gone on for years. The products were sold by Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Target and other large grocery store chains.





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