Records show no salmonella testing done at Blakely plant

ATLANTA (AP) - Records released by the Georgia Department of
Agriculture give no indication that samples were taken for
salmonella testing during two routine inspections last year at the
peanut butter plant in Blakely.

The plant is at the center of an investigation into a national
salmonella outbreak that has sickened about 500 people and may have contributed to seven deaths.

The inspection records released Monday do not indicate that any
samples of peanut butter or peanut paste were taken for testing.

One of the inspections was done in October, more than a month after the first person fell ill in the outbreak.

Inspection records for the state's other three peanut butter
plants all indicated that samples were taken last year for
salmonella testing.


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