The peanut butter recall has just gotten worse, without Peanut Corporation of America, the manufacturer at the center of the outbreak, doing a thing. The FDA, however, has expanded the recall of the company's products all the way back to 2007.
The expansion comes as revelations about as many as a dozen incidences of past salmonella detection at the plant have arisen, as well as evidence of roaches, mold, and signs of a leaking roof which federal inspectors uncovered at the Peanut Corp. Georgia plant.
A report (.PDF) indicates that Peanut Corp. kept shipping peanut butter even after it was found to contain salmonella, by retesting the product, and then shipping it after it "cleared."
Production lines were never cleaned up after internal tests indicated contamination, either.
The New York Times cited a food safety expert who said that it is illegal for a company to continue testing a product until it gets a clean test.
More than 500 people have gotten been sickened in the continuing salmonella outbreak, which has been linked to at least eight deaths. More than 400 products containing peanut butter or peanut paste have been recalled so far. They include cookies, crackers, and even dog biscuits.
It should be noted that peanut butter in its native form, as opposed to being included in other food products, has not been affected.