The Georgia plant at the center of an expanding recall of peanut products has a history of health violations, the New York Times reports. The salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 nationwide came from the Blakely facility cited in 2006 and 2007 for dirty surfaces and a variety of other contamination issues.
“If there is a record of habitual violations of food safety standards, the FDA should have initiated strenuous enforcement action,” a spokesman for a food-safety watchdog said of the Peanut Corp. of America. “This company needed more scrutiny. If this plant was in fact so dirty, they were asking for trouble.”