November 28, 2012 – Officials from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have ordered the New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. processing plant closed after it was found to have manufactured ingredients contained in many recently recalled peanut butter products. An inspection conducted by federal health regulators revealed multiple strains of salmonella at the company’s processing facility, and determined that the plant’s owner knowingly distributed contaminated food to consumers. In response to these findings, the FDA suspended Sunland’s food facility registration, rendering it unable to distribute food products until further notice.
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What’s the problem?
Earlier this year, Sunland Inc. peanut butter was identified as the source of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 41 people in 20 states, and resulted in the recall of approximately 200 different peanut butter products. The move to shut down Sunland’s operating facility was issued “in the best interest of protecting public health,” said the FDA after it discovered salmonella in 28 different samples. This marks the administration’s first use of its new powers granted by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
“A review of Sunland Inc.’s product testing records showed that 11 product lots of nut butter showed the presence of Salmonella between June 2009 and September 2012,” according to the FDA announcement. “Between March 2010 and September 2012, at least a portion of 8 product lots of nut butter that Sunland Inc.’s own testing program identified as containing Salmonella was distributed by the company to consumers.”
By revoking Sunland’s food facility registration, the company is effectively out of business until it can prove that it has a plan and procedures in place to bring its operating facilities up to code. Since this summer’s salmonella outbreak, multiple food poisoning lawsuits have been filed against Sunland. And though the epidemic has been effectively contained, new cases may continue to be filed due to the fact that consumers may still have contaminated products in their home, given the long shelf life of peanut butter.
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