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Food safety needs to be top priority

February 24, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

To judge by the number of product recalls - hundreds of them - involving the Peanut Corp. of America, it seems obvious that the company was a major player in the food industry. Yet, until the firm was pinpointed as the source of contaminated products that sickened hundreds of people, killing some, PCA's plant in Blakely, Ga., had not been visited by federal inspectors since 2001. Its facility in Plainview, Texas, was never inspected after it opened in 2005 - and didn't even have a state food manufacturing license.



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