WASHINGTON — In one of the largest food recalls in history, the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday asked retailers, manufacturers and consumers to throw out every product made in the last two years from peanuts processed by a Georgia plant at the heart of a deadly nationwide outbreak of salmonella illness.
The action came after federal officials discovered this month that the company, Peanut Corp. of America, knowingly shipped products contaminated with salmonella 12 times in 2007 and 2008. Michael Rogers of the FDA said the company violated good manufacturing practices by selling peanut products that had tested positive for salmonella bacteria in inspections commissioned by the firm. He said it turned over records of its inspections only after the FDA invoked special authority given to it by Congress in 2002 under laws to prevent bioterrorism.
A spokesman for Peanut Corp. of America, based in Lynchburg, Va., said the company complied with all requests by regulators.