Fire Won't Stop Peanut Butter Making

SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) - ConAgra Foods Inc. says a fire at the company's Peter Pan plant in southwest Georgia will not affect production of peanut butter.

ConAgra spokesperson Stephanie Childs says a small fire in a piece of vacuum equipment ignited nearby peanut skins and shells about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday but was quickly extinguished with assistance from the Sylvester Fire Department.

Childs says no one was injured and no equipment was damaged.

Production at the Sylvester plant, which makes all of the company's Peter Pan peanut butter, was halted for six months in 2007 after a salmonella outbreak was traced to the factory.

Shipments resumed in August 2007 with ConAgra assurances that the
problem was resolved and the peanut butter was safe.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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