April 5, 2007
Sylvester -- The plant that produced all the Peter Pan peanut butter sold in North America has been idle since a salmonella outbreak forced a recall of the product by ConAgra in February.
Today, the company announced that it has isolated the source of the contamination which has made hundreds of people sick across the country.
Damp conditions inside the large plant, apparently caused by a leak in the roof, and the plant's own sprinkler system, are being blamed for allowing salmonella to grow in the building.
ConAgra will produce peanut butter in another plant while the Sylvester facility undergoes repairs to correct the problems that led to the original salmonella problem.
ConAgra also produced peanut butter for Wal-Mart under the Great value brand at the plant.