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.

CLICK HERE to read the FDA’s Inspection Report.