President Barack Obama Promises Review of FDA Operations

President Barack Obama is promising a comprehensive review of the Food and Drug Administration amid a salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut processor.

***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)

Mr. Obama said the FDA has not been able to catch "some of these
things as quickly as I expect them to catch" them.

The FDA has asked the Justice Department to launch a criminal
investigation into Peanut Corp. of America.

Authorities say the company shipped products that initially tested positive for salmonella after retesting and getting a negative result.

At least 529 people have been sickened as a result of the outbreak, and at least eight may have died because of it.

President Obama said his 7-year-old daughter Sasha eats peanut butter for lunch probably three times a week.

He spoke during an interview aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show.


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