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President Barack Obama calls for FDA review in wake of salmonella outbreak

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

February 2, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - President Obama has promised a review of the Food and Drug Administration over the salmonella outbreak linked to a Blakely peanut processor.

Obama said the FDA has not been able to catch "some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch" them. The FDA has asked the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation into Peanut Corp. of America.

Both the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the FDA say the company shipped products that initially tested positive for salmonella after retesting and getting a negative result.

"We're going to be doing a complete review of FDA operations at bare minimum we should be able to count on our government keeping our kids safe when they're eating peanut butter," said President Barack Obama.

Obama said his seven year old daughter Sasha eats peanut butter for lunch probably three times a week. At least 529 people have been sickened as a result of the outbreak, and at least eight deaths are being associated with the case.

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