Operating under state law, Texas authorities last Thursday ordered the Peanut Corporation of America's (PCA) Plainview, Texas, facility to recall all products ever shipped from that facility. In a separate but related action, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said preliminary information indicates that the same strain of Salmonella that was found in the company's Blakely, Ga., facility may also be present in products from the Plainview facility and may have caused some Colorado residents to become ill.
According to FDA, companies that have incorporated products from the Plainview facility in their own food products should consider issuing a voluntary recall or market withdrawal of those food products, unless they use a "kill step" (a 5 to 7 log reduction) in subsequent processing. FDA has stopped short of recommending or requesting that companies issue recalls. The agency expects to receive pathogen test results from the Plainview products this week, which will allow federal officials to determine a clearer path forward.
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