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

WVU quarterback Geno Smith finishes college career 0-3 against Syracuse

first_imgNEW YORK — Geno Smith stood alone on the West Virginia sideline. With his coat on and his helmet off, Smith’s day and career were over. He waited as the final minute ticked off of the clock and was the first of his Mountaineer teammates to walk toward midfield as the Syracuse celebration began.The star quarterback just completed an illustrious career, capped by a spectacular individual season, with his third consecutive loss to Syracuse. Smith finished 16-of-24 for 197 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-14 defeat in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in snowy and cold conditions Saturday.He finished the season with 42 touchdowns, more than 4,000 yards passing and a completion percentage above 70 percent, but Smith’s loss also ensured his career would end without a win over the Orange – the only Big East team he never beat in his WVU career.“I told them it’s tough to win three in a row against a very talented football team and extremely bright coaching staff that West Virginia has,” SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer said.But Shafer said he also told his team if it came together and played hard-nosed football as a unit, SU would be in position to take down WVU for a third straight time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis game represented a chance for Smith and West Virginia – now members of the Big 12 – to avenge their last two games against the Orange. Smith couldn’t lead his team past the Orange in Morgantown, W.Va., in a 19-14 loss in 2010. And he and the explosive WVU offense couldn’t keep up in a shocking 49-23 upset at the Carrier Dome last season.Smith was sacked nine times and threw five interceptions combined in those matchups. Shafer said he didn’t change much in the game plan that worked so well the last two years.“We knew what we had to do,” SU linebacker Siriki Diabate said. “We stop Geno Smith and that’s what we had the mentality of doing, getting after him, applying a lot of pressure and that’s what we did.”Diabate and the SU defense recorded two safeties, three sacks and forced a fumble with its pressure of Smith in the backfield. The quarterback spent much of the day firing quick passes to the outside rather than airing it out downfield in conditions that made it tough for either team to throw the ball.He was forced to put it in the hands of his playmakers, and the SU defense rose to the occasion. Though Smith’s final statistical line was respectable, he never got into a rhythm in the pocket and the Mountaineers struggled to put together drives as a result.The quarterback who started the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate and ranked among the nation’s top passers finished his career with another lackluster effort in a loss to Syracuse.“We just kept pressuring Geno as much as possible and trying to just fly to the ball,” SU defensive tackle Jay Bromley said. “It worked out for us.” Comments Published on December 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm Contact Ryne: Related Stories SNOW PLOW: Syracuse dominates West Virginia on the ground to win Pinstripe Bowl for 2nd time in 3 yearsGallery: Syracuse romps past West Virginia in snowy Pinstripe Bowl, 38-14Cohen: Pinstripe Bowl victory completes remarkable, year-long change of fortunes for Marrone, Syracuse programSU fans share their Pinstripe Bowl experiences through social mediaSyracuse defense responds to challenge, stifles potent West Virginia offense in Pinstripe Bowl victorycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more