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UPDATE: Recalled products sent to schools in 3 states including Idaho

Bad peanuts found before outbreak

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LATEST INFORMATION:
Federal officials say schools in at least three states were shipped possibly tainted peanut products linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak as part of the National School Lunch Program. Schools in California, Idaho and Minnesota received roasted peanuts and peanut butter, which are now part of a rapidly expanding recall list from the Blakely, Ga.,-based Peanut Corp. of America. The USDA believes most of the recalled food has been consumed. More from the National School Lunch Program.

WASHINGTON. - The Associated Press has learned that the government found tainted peanuts, from the same plant now linked to a salmonella outbreak, well before illnesses hit.

More Information

- From the FDA: Recall of Products Containing Peanut Butter
- Search combined list of recalled products here
- Contact the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD
- Contact the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO

The government is acknowledging that a shipment containing a "filthy, putrid or decomposed substance" was returned to the U.S. in April; months earlier than reflected in a federal tracking database.

According to government records, the rejected shipment came across a bridge between New York and Canada. It was logged by the Food and Drug Administration, but never tested by federal inspectors. The peanuts were eventually destroyed after back-and-forth efforts between the FDA and Peanut Corp. broke down and after the FDA rejected as "unacceptable" the findings by a private lab the company hired to analyze its peanuts.

The FDA's explanation raises new questions about the adequacy of food-safety tests arranged by Peanut Corp. on its own products.

Gov't launches criminal probe in peanut recall

Federal officials say the government has opened a criminal investigation into the salmonella outbreak.

Stephen Sundlof, head of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety center, said Friday the Justice Department will investigate possible criminal violations by the Blakely, Ga., peanut processing plant that shipped tainted products to dozens of other food companies.

More than 500 people have been sickened as a result of the outbreak, and at least eight may have died because of salmonella infections. More than 430 products have been recalled.

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Gibbs said they will put in place a "stricter regulatory structure" to prevent breakdowns in food-safety inspections.

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