Peanut butter maker says moisture triggered Salmonella contamination

first_imgApr 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – ConAgra, the producer of peanut butter linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in February, announced yesterday that its own investigation found that moisture might have triggered the growth of the bacteria.Inadvertent moisture in the company’s Sylvester, Ga., production facility could have allowed the growth of dormant Salmonella organisms that were likely present in raw peanuts or peanut dust, ConAgra stated in a press release yesterday.Stephanie Childs, ConAgra spokesperson, told the Associated Press that the moisture came from a roof that leaked during a rainstorm and a faulty sprinkler system that went off twice. The company cleaned the plant thoroughly and repaired the sprinkler system after the moisture problems occurred, she said.The Salmonella outbreak began in August and sickened 425 patients in 44 states. After the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked Salmonella enterica serovar Tennessee isolates from sick patients to their consumption of Peter Pan products and certain jars of Great Value peanut butter, both made at the Sylvester, Ga., plant, ConAgra recalled the products on Feb 14. S enterica typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week.On Mar 1, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that its investigators found S enterica in samples collected at the ConAgra plant, suggesting that the contamination occurred before the product reached consumers.ConAgra, in its press release, detailed several steps it will take to improve the safety of its food products. The company:Established a new position, vice president of global food safety, and appointed Paul A. Hall, a nationally recognized food safety expert, to the postFormed a Food Safety Advisory Committee, headed by Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of GeorgiaApproved a plan to install new machinery throughout the plantIn response to ConAgra’s announcement, Michael Herndon, an FDA spokesperson, told CIDRAP News that “The FDA’s mission is to protect and promote the public health and to that end supports ConAgra’s steps to help safeguard the food supply as outlined in their release.”The FDA’s investigation at the plant is ongoing, he said.ConAgra said it has contracted with a third-party manufacturer to make Peter Pan products while plant renovations are under way at the Sylvester, Ga., plant. It said it expected to resume shipping Peter Pan products to retailers this summer and reopen its plant in August.last_img read more

Baffour Gyan granted GHC 30,000 bail

first_imgBaffour Gyan and Samuel Anim Addo, manager for Asamoah Gyan have been granted bail on Monday by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) circuit court after being charged for allegedly assaulting Daniel Kenu, a reporter of Graphic Corporation.The bail was set at GHC 30,000 for each person and the case has therefore been adjourned to Friday 12 September.Although the police granted the accused persons a bail on Saturday, their lawyer Augustus Anane Quebah had to plead with the court to grant them a bail.   Baffour and Anim Addo were arrested after a report was made to the police following the alleged assault of a Kumasi based reporter of the Graphic Communication, Daniel Kenu by thugs said to have been hired by the former national team striker.It started after the said journalist gave Asamoah Gyan, the junior brother of Baffour a platform to clear the air of the rumours that he had sacrificed hip life musician, Theophilus Tagoe, popularly called Castro.The prosecutor wanted them to be remanded until the macho-men who were allegedly hired to assault Kenu are produced, but upon the plea of their lawyer, the circuit court judge, William Boampong granted them a bail.last_img read more