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FBI seeking victims in salmonella-tainted peanut products case

Photo via FBI website

Photo via FBI website

The FBI announced it is seeking people who might have been affected by a string of salmonella outbreaks in 2009.

The Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) plant in Blakely, Ga., was a facility where raw peanuts were roasted and turned into granulated peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut paste, then sold to family-owned businesses and global, multi-billion dollar food companies alike, the FBI stated in a press release.

But after a national salmonella outbreak was traced back to the plant, the Food and Drug Administration and the FBI opened an investigation in 2009 into the activity at PCA and found evidence that PCA officials were knowingly shipping salmonella-contaminated products to their customers — even fabricating laboratory tests to do so, the FBI stated.

Four former PCA officials were recently indicted in connection with this scheme.

“And if you think you’ve been affected by their actions, we want to know about it,” FBI officials said. “As part of our ongoing investigation, we’ve created a questionnaire for potential victims — individuals who became ill from PCA products and/or businesses that purchased them. The information you provide is confidential.”

The links below go to FBI sites:

• More information from the FBI Office for Victim Assistance
• Questionnaire for potential victims

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