Peanut plant knew product was tainted

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Barry Kriger

(WWLP) - Major news in the deadly salmonella outbreak involving a south georgia peanut processing plant. 

Georgia agriculture officials dropped a bombshell this morning when they were grilled by state lawmakers at the capitol. 

The FDA revealed that officials with the Peanut Corporation of America in Blakely, Georgia knew they had products contaminated with salmonella and yet shipped them out to consumers anyway. 

On 12 separate occasions during the past two years testing done by the company found salmonella in their peanut products but instead of pulling the products the company had them retested by an outside lab and those tests came back negative. 

"I'm angry about the company hiding these results we do what we can during our food safety inspections out there with the staff that we've got, 60 employees for 16-thousand facilities across the state and then you have a company that actually knows that they have a problem and doesn't make us aware of it," said Oscar Garrison, Georgia Deputy Agriculture Commissioner. 

The FDA has expanded its recall to all peanut products containing peanut paste or peanut oil from the peanut company. 

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