154 salmonella claims confirmed: Plainview & Blakely peanut plants - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/19/09

154 salmonella claims confirmed: Plainview & Blakely peanut plants

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A bankruptcy trustee says claims have been filed for 154 people who say they were sickened by a salmonella outbreak traced to a Virginia peanut company.

Peanut Corp. of America filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy amid fallout from the outbreak, which left about 700 people sick and was linked to at least nine deaths. The outbreak was traced to the company's plants in Blakely, Georgia and Plainview, Texas.

The trustee, Roanoke attorney Roy Creasy, said Thursday that the total number of claims includes some that have trickled in after the Oct. 31 deadline, as well as some that are being withdrawn. So it's unclear how many ultimately will be eligible for compensation from a $12 million fund approved by a bankruptcy judge in Lynchburg.

The fund will use money from Peanut Corp. insurance policies.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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