SALMONELLA

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In January 2009, the US Centers for disease control and the US Food and Drug Administration reported a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak and the sources were peanut butter and peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corporation of America in Blakely, Georgia processing plant. Salmonella bacteria are responsible for causing typhoid fever, diarrhea and gastrointestinal disease.

This prompted the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD now known as the Food and Drug Administration) here to issue advisories to the consuming public against certain brands of peanut butter and other peanut containing products. BFAD also conducted its own tests on products currently sold in the markets.

In March, the BFAD confirmed that some local brands or peanut butter also tested positive for salmonella. The involved food manufacturing company was subjected to further inspection and BFAD found that it continuously failed in its Current Good Manufacturing Practice. As a result, its license was suspended. In April, upon the orders of the DOH the Salmonella-positive products were destroyed through proper incineration by qualified disposal facility in Taguig City and showing the strict mandate of the Clean air Act.

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