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Peanut Shellers leadership work to restore sales

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Peanut shelling industry leaders say they are making progress in restoring the peanut's image as a safe and stable food supply.

More than 120 members of the American Peanut Shellers Association, from Virginia to Texas met in Albany today.

Last year's salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products led to one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history. Industry leaders pushed for stronger food safety laws to assure consumers their products are safe. So far this year, peanut butter processing and sales are at a record high.

The Georgia Ag and Consumer Affairs Commission Chairman, Senator John Bulloch, said "We're required to be sure that our products are handled in a safe manner, and they don't have any chemicals put on them that are dangerous and could have an effect on the consumer."

Senator Bulloch was given an award by the Sheller's Association for leading the state's new agriculture testing and safety legislation. Shellers are concerned about this year's harvest that's only about 80 percent complete because of heavy rains during harvest time.

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