Months after a Salmonella outbreak sickened 41 people in 20 states and pulled peanut butter off the shelves in retailers nationwide, documents from the Food & Drug Administration show the outbreak was completely avoidable and the plant had been putting people's health at risk for years.
FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig has details:
As the outbreak peaked in September, Sunland spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said:
(Coburn) "We are working 24/7 to completely contain."
But an FDA report says otherwise. Inspection documents indicate peanut butter from Sunland's plant was testing positive for Salmonella as far back as 2009, but still being shipped to stores like Target and Trader Joe's. Even more, positive tests in the months leading up to the recall were never recorded by the New Mexico-based company or reported to the FDA.
An inspection found Salmonella all over the plant's peanut roasting room - on the floor, in the air ducts, on the water heater and on a broom hanging on the wall.
Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.