These are not the best of times for the Peanut Corporation of America, which is seeking bankruptcy protection in Virginia after being linked to a salmonella outbreak that led to one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history.
The company warned Friday against using any products that originated at its plants in Blakely, Ga., and Plainview, Texas, since January 2007.
It is no longer communicating with customers because of bankruptcy proceedings that began Feb. 13. All inquiries about the company’s products are now being handled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recall coordinators.
Products from the Georgia plant have been recalled after an outbreak strain of salmonella that has sickened more than 650 in 44 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The infection has been tied to at least nine deaths.
The company’s Texas plant was shut down Feb. 12 by state health officials, who ordered a recall of all products manufactured there since March 2005.
More than 2,500 products have been recalled and the list continues to grow, but major brands of peanut butter available in stores have not been affected.