A salmonella outbreak tied to a peanut butter maker, closely held Peanut Corp. of America, has sickened 550 people and killed eight, according to U.S. The FDA has indicated that Peanut Corp. of American shipped products after tests in 2007 and 2008 showed salmonella was present. The U.S. reportedly has now opened a criminal investigation of the company.
To date, more than 800 peanut products have been recalled as a result of the outbreak, which has been traced exclusively to products made at Peanut Corp.’s Blakely, Georgia, plant. According to the FDA, the company has now recalled all peanut products made since January 2007 at its Georgia facility.