Salmonella found at Ga. plant as far back as 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - A private lab says a peanut company blamed for
a salmonella outbreak discovered the dangerous bacteria at its
Georgia plant as far back as 2006.

Darlene Cowart of JLA testing company told a House committee on
Wednesday that Peanut Corp. of America contacted her business in
November 2006 to help control salmonella discovered in the plant.

Federal health officials earlier said the company's private
tests found salmonella a dozen times, dating to June 2007. Cowart's
testimony shows the company was dealing with the bacteria problem
seven months earlier.

The number of deaths that may be linked to the contaminated food
increased to nine on Wednesday after Ohio officials confirmed a
death there.

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