Problems found at peanut butter plant in 2010
Posted at: 10/05/2012 4:54 PM
| Updated at: 10/05/2012 7:15 PM
By: The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant two years before it was linked to the current salmonella outbreak.
The FDA said Friday that a recent inspection found salmonella in the plant which produced Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter and many other nut butters and nut products for several large national grocery chains.
Though the illnesses have only been linked to the Trader Joe's peanut butter, New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has recalled everything made in the plant since March of 2010 - a total of 240 products.
The company last month recalled 101 products that were manufactured in the plant this year.
Two inspections at the plant in 2009 and 2010 found "objectionable conditions" but classified the findings as not meeting the agency's threshold for action.
Federal authorities now count 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states traced to the Trader Joe's peanut butter.
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