Cause of Peanut Butter Salmonella Found

For those of us who need more than just rodent dung and insect parts in our peanut butter :

The plant’s roof leaked during a rainstorm, and the sprinkler system went off twice because of a faulty sprinkler, which was repaired.

The moisture from those three events mixed with dormant salmonella bacteria in the plant that Childs said likely came from raw peanuts and peanut dust.

The plant was cleaned thoroughly after the roof leak and sprinkler problem, but the salmonella remained and somehow came in contact with peanut butter before it was packaged, she said.

Mmmm, making me hungry. And even better:

Before this recall, none of ConAgra’s recent routine testing had detected salmonella, so the company plans to develop a new procedure.

No wonder it tastes so good!


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