***FILE***This Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 file photo, shows the Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Ga. Peanut Corp. of America president Stewart Parnell said through an external public relations firm that a majority of the plant's employees had been let go for the time being since production has been shut down. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal food safety officials say it's too
early to say what action will be taken against the Georgia peanut
company at the heart of the current salmonella outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration says it is preparing a report
of findings on the Blakely, Ga., plant owned by Peanut Corp. of
America, and the company will be allowed to respond.
The FDA's Michael Rogers told reporters on Wednesday that the
agency has a number of regulatory options available. He declined to
Earlier, a senior lawmaker in Washington and Georgia's
agriculture commissioner called for a criminal investigation of the
The salmonella outbreak has been blamed for making 500 people
sick and has been linked to at least eight deaths.
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