The FDA uses their FSMA Powers to Close Organic Peanut Plant

In the, “Gee, that doesn’t surprise me” column, the FDA’s first use of their extensive powers under the Food Safety Modernization Act, closes an organic peanut butter plant.

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PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in a revered peanut-growing region along the New Mexico-Texas border should be celebrating one of the best harvests in recent memory.

Instead, millions of pounds of their prized sweet Valencia peanuts sit in barns at a peanut butter plant shuttered for two months amid a salmonella outbreak that sickened 41 people in 20 states.

Farmers are worried about getting paid for their peanuts, nearly a third the plant’s 150 workers have been laid off, and residents wonder what toll an increasingly contentious showdown between the nation’s largest organic peanut butter plant and federal regulators could ultimately have on the region’s economy.

The tension boiled over when the Food and Drug Administration on Monday said it was suspending Sunland Inc.’s registration to operate because of repeated safety violations, meaning the plant will remain indefinitely shut down as the company appeals the decision. The company had planned to reopen some its operations this week after voluntarily recalling hundreds of products and closing its processing and peanut butter plants in late September and early October.

……(Read full article here)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jay c
    Dec 15, 2012 @ 17:35:33

    tf, the link isn’t working.

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