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The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that a criminal investigation has begun into the Georgia plant linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told reporters that the agency's office of criminal investigation will work through the Department of Justice to develop a case and prosecute if necessary.

More than 500 cases of salmonella in 43 states and Canada have been linked to products (peanut butter and peanut paste made from ground, roasted peanuts) from the Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, Georgia, plant since September. At least eight people are believed to have died from the outbreak. Read full article »

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