Salmonella officially traced to Plainview peanut plant - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/25/09

Salmonella officially traced to Plainview peanut plant

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New links revealed between Salmonella and the Plainview peanut plant.

Until recently the nationwide outbreak that sickened hundreds and killed nine was linked to the PCA Plant in Georgia. However, this month, Colorado officials traced six of those illnesses back to Plainview.

Now, Texas officials say they know it was the same strain of Salmonella found in both plants. They suspect that might be an indication of cross contamination between the two facilities even though they're more than a thousand miles apart.

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into allegations the company knowingly shipped tainted food.

Peanut Corp. also faces a growing number of federal lawsuits seeking millions of dollars of damages from victims of the outbreak.

Meanwhile, federal inspectors are taking a closer look at Peanut Corp. of America's plant in Virginia, where records obtained by The Associated Press yesterday show state inspectors repeatedly found health violations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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