PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - New developments in the salmonella outbreak linked to the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). It now appears the outlet store in Plainview also went unchecked, meaning you could have purchased potentially tainted peanuts.
The state health department says it would be up to local inspectors to check out a store like outlet in Plainview, but apparently local inspectors didn't know that this outlet was there. Plainview City Manager Greg Ingham told the Plainview Herald that the PCA Plant in Plainview did not have an outlet store when they opened in March of 2005. Ingham told the newspaper: "They never let the city know about the retail store, and we don't seem to have any record of that."
While the state is responsible for checking manufacturers, Doug McBride with the Texas Department of State Health Services tells NewsChannel 11 that retailers are inspected by local health departments, except in locations that do not have a local health department or do not have enough staff. McBride says it's his understanding that the Plainview Health Department inspects local retailers.
The Plainview plant ran unlicensed and un-inspected by the state until federal investigators traced the recent salmonella outbreak to the PCA facility in Georgia. Now it appears the retail store, in the same facility where inspectors found dead rodents, feces and other contaminants, ran under the radar as well.
The sign on the door to the outlet says that the store will remain closed until further notice, and as NewsChannel 11 told you this weekend the Peanut Corporation of America filed for bankruptcy. Now, they're directing all media questions to their bankruptcy attorneys. Plainview city leaders did not return NewsChannel 11's call for comment Monday night.
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