ConAgra to Reopen Plant Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) - ConAgra Foods plans to reopen its south Georgia plant this month after six months of closure because its peanut butter was linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The Omaha-based company says it is planning to reopen its Sylvester plant after spending at least $15 million on renovations that include repairing the roof, installing new equipment and creating a design to better separate raw materials and the finished product.

The plant was shut down in February after health officials linked the Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter to a salmonella outbreak. More than 600 people in 47 states, including Alabama, reported becoming ill, and the company faces lawsuits in several states.

The outbreak cost ConAgra $66 million.

A spokeswoman says Peter Pan will be back on store shelves this
month, although initially it will be produced at another plant.

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