***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)
ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation to look into the south Georgia peanut butter plant at
the heart of the salmonella outbreak.
The governor has instructed the GBI to see whether the state has
jurisdiction under Georgia law to investigate violations at the Georgia plant. Lawmakers have called on federal authorities to launch a criminal investigation.
Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said Perdue involved the GBI at the request of Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.
More than 500 people have gotten sick in the U.S. outbreak, and at least eight may have died as a result of salmonella infection from tainted peanut butter.
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