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Capitol Health Call
March 11, 2009

Food Safety

JAMA. 2009;301(10):1011. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.282

A recent Salmonella outbreak and subsequent recall of peanut butter and peanut paste has prompted criminal investigations and the reintroduction of legislation intended to strengthen food safety oversight by the federal government.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with the Justice Department to investigate whether Peanut Corporation of America committed criminal actions at its processing plant in Blakely, Ga. The FDA has confirmed that products manufactured at that plant were responsible for the outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Typhimurium that sickened more than 500 people across the United States and resulted in at least 8 deaths.