Monday, November 19 2012, 04:04 PM MST
Violations Found at Sunland Peanut Plant
(KUTV) The Food and Drug Administration found many violations at the Sunland Peanut Plant.
The New Mexico plant was the source of a nut product contamination that left over 40 people sick in 20 states.
According to the FDA, the facility transported over peanut and almond butter products, even though internal testing showed salmonella was present.
There were no records that the production equipment was cleaned. The agency also noted that raw peanuts were found outside the facility exposed to birds and rain,
Investigators revealed employees handled ready to package peanuts with their bare hands. There were also no sinks in the production or packaging area for employees to wash their hands.
To date, Sunland has recalled all peanut and almond butter products made in that plant after March 1, 2010.
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