FDA Ponders Next Step In Salmonella Outbreak

According to federal food safety officials, it is too early to say what action will be taken against the Georgia peanut company discovered to be at the heart of a nationwide rash of personal injuries caused by the current salmonella outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration has said that it is preparing a report of its findings on the Peanut Corp. of American plant in Blakely, Ga. and will allow the company to respond to the findings.

On January 29, Michael Rogers of the FDA told reporters that a number of regulatory options are available to the agency. He would not elaborate on those options.

Earlier, a senior Washington lawmaker and the agriculture commissioner of the state of Georgia called for a criminal investigation of the plant.

The salmonella outbreak has resulted in at least eight deaths and 500 illnesses across the U.S.

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