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Test: Some Peanut Butter at Ga. Plant Contaminated

ATLANTA (AP) - Some peanut butter at a Georgia plant shows signs of contamination. But officials say they don't know if it's linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people and prompted Kellogg to pull crackers from store shelves.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin says samples of the microbes found at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely will be tested for salmonella.

If it shows up in the tests, further tests will determine whether it is the same strain that has sickened more than 450 people in 43 states and may have contributed to five deaths.

Peanut Corp. said in a news release Thursday that it has temporarily suspended peanut butter processing at the Blakely plant but work on other products there was continuing.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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