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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The state of Georgia will not pursue criminal charges against a Blakely peanut butter processor at the center of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak.

Officials with the GBI say, the only potential charges could be reckless conduct and adulteration of food and they would bring only minor penalties. The Food and Drug Administration will continue their criminal investigation of the plant.

According to the CDC at least 575 people in 43 states have been sickened with Salmonella. The outbreak may have contributed to the deaths of at least eight people.

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