Blakely to hold Peanut Proud Expo

BLAKELY, Ga. (AP) -Representatives from the peanut industry
plan to gather in Blakely in southwest Georgia to boost the image
of the legume that has suffered a bout of bad publicity lately.

Industry representatives will gather Saturday in the town's
court square for the Peanut Proud Expo.

The event will feature live music, free peanut snacks, educational exhibits and a peanut recipe contest.

Blakely is home to the Peanut Corp. of America plant that was
linked to the national salmonella outbreak that prompted one of the
largest retail recalls ever, sickened nearly 700 people and may
have been responsible for nine deaths.

Organizers say the expo is meant to educate the public on the
peanut industry as a whole.

That industry supports some 50,000 jobs in Georgia.

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