FDA Peanut Butter / Paste Inspection ReportFDA Finds Salmonella at Peanut Butter
Corporation of America Facility
January 27, 2009
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration's inspection of a peanut butter and peanut paste processing facility in Georgia found harmful Salmonella at different places in the facility..
Inspectors concluded that the Peanut Butter Corporation of America "[f]ail[ed] to manufacture foods under conditions and controls necessary to minimize the potential for growth of microorganisms and contamination."
The company also was cited for "failure to maintain equipment, containers and utensils used to convey, hold, and store food in a manner that protects against contamination." FDA inspectors found that the manufacturer did not clean a peanut paste line contaminated with Salmonella for roughly 3 ½ months after it first became aware of the Salmonella contamination.
The FDA also found mold growing on the ceiling of the inspected facility, and Salmonella on the floor of a cooler floor where finished peanut products were being stored.
You can read the complete FDA inspection report below.