Salmonella Outbreak Strain From GA Also Linked To TX Plant

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say tests have confirmed that
peanut butter made from peanuts processed at a Texas plant contains
the same strain of salmonella blamed for sickening hundreds in a
national outbreak.

The test results offer new evidence that the outbreak attributed
to a peanut plant in Georgia may have more than one origin. Both
the Texas plant and the Georgia plant were operated by Peanut Corp.
of America, which filed for bankruptcy amid fallout from the
outbreak that also may have contributed to nine deaths.

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into
allegations the company knowingly shipped tainted food.

Peanut Corp. also faces a growing number of federal lawsuits
seeking millions of dollars of damages from victims of the
outbreak.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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