I just listened to an FDA/CDC conference call about the salmonella outbreak. It turns out that Peanut Corporation of America, the company which supplied the tainted peanut butter and paste, detected salmonella in its own plant twelve times in 2007 and 2008 ...and shipped out its product anyway. Then the company failed to take mitigating steps to make sure it didn't happen again.
Whoever was in charge of that little operation should be glad he or she doesn't live in China.
CDC/FDA also said to expect more recalls as they continue to link the supplier to various products (A big job: FDA said it has already visited nearly 1,000 firms which got supplies from PCA). The illness toll to date: 501 sick, 108 hospitalized, and 8 dead. Twenty-one percent of the sick cases were in kids age five and under.
Full report from the investigation on FDA's Web site tomorrow.