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FDA warns peanut firm about insanitary conditions, labeling

A peanut production facility in Virginia is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of food safety regulations regarding sanitary conditions during production, storage and transportation, and product labeling. Officials from the FDA’s Baltimore District Office inspected the Petersburg, VA, location of Coleman Peanut Co. from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 in… Continue Reading

FDA challenge: Finding how peanut residue got into the flour

It’s a mystery playing out in post-Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) fashion. Supply chains are being laid down side by side to see if there is any way that soft red winter wheat grown in southern Georgia could have been contaminated with peanut residue. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking with fresh… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Peanuts prompt cookie recalls on both coasts

April 28 update: Bakery Express of Southern California in Fullerton has announced that it is recalling 7-Eleven FRESH TO GO brand cookies. This recall covers products sold in Southern California and includes a wider range of best-by dates than the earlier New York recall. The April 28 recall information follows: Bakery Express of Southern California of Fullerton, CA… Continue Reading

Undeclared Peanuts, Wheat and Egg Ingredient Prompts Dove Recall

Mars Chocolate North America Issues Allergy Alert Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Peanuts, Wheat and Egg Ingredient for DOVE® Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes, 24.0 oz. Bag, Sold Only at One Major Retailer with Stores Across the U.S. Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its DOVE® Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes, 24.0 oz. bag – this is… Continue Reading

Judge Admonishes Stewart Parnell’s Mother for Outburst

ALBANY, GA—Stewart Parnell’s mother decided to use a courtroom break on Thursday to verbally confront a female FBI agent coming out of a stall in the women’s bathroom on the third floor of the C.B. King Courthouse in Albany, GA. The approach was not welcomed. The agent, who appeared to be unarmed, was present to… Continue Reading

Restitution Phase of PCA Criminal Case Starts With Bankruptcy History

ALBANY, GA—Defense attorneys in the restitution phase of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution focused in Wednesday on a 2009 claims adjustment agreement that a bankruptcy court used to disperse $12.75 million to 122 victims of the PCA-caused Salmonella outbreak. E. Scott Austin, representing former PCA owner and chief executive Stewart Parnell, suggested… Continue Reading

Study: Peanuts May Help to Ward Off Some Foodborne Illnesses

Eating the skinless inner kernels of peanuts may improve a person’s gut biota and its ability to ward off E. coli and Salmonella, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland published in the Journal of Food Science. The findings suggest that skinless peanuts could be a beneficial promoter of gut bacteria that will outcompete… Continue Reading

Second Auction for Sunland Plant Brings In Almost $6 Million More for Creditors

Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant at Portales, NM, has been sold to Canada’s Golden Boy Foods, a move that could restart a facility closed after a 2012 Salmonella outbreak that sickened 46 people in 20 states. Golden Boy’s winning bid came Wednesday at the second court-ordered auction held in the past week to dispose of Sunland’s… Continue Reading

Peanuts Found in Bag of Almonds Prompt Recall

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a Lakewood, CO-based natural grocery chain, is recalling one lot of six-ounce packages of Natural Grocers brand Dark Chocolate Almonds with the Julian packed-on date 13-351 because some bags in this lot may contain dark chocolate-covered peanuts which are not declared on the label. People who have an allergy… Continue Reading