For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has used the power it gained in the landmark 2011 food safety bill to shut down a manufacturer.
In September, an outbreak of salmonella linked to organic peanut butter sold at Trader Joe's sickened 41 people in 20 states. The tainted goo was linked back to a Sunland, Inc., plant in New Mexico -- the latest in a series of problems for the site. So yesterday, the FDA revoked its license to manufacture food.
From CBS News:
Sunland had voluntarily closed its plant after a September outbreak and planned to reopen its peanut processing facility on Tuesday, with hopes of selling peanut butter again by the end of the year. Sunland's Katalin Coburn said FDA's decision to suspend the registration was a surprise to the company and Sunland officials had assumed they were allowed to resume operations. …
Sunland is the nation's largest organic peanut butter processor, though it also produces many non-organic products. The company recalled hundreds of organic and non-organic nut butters and nuts manufactured since 2010 after Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter was linked to the salmonella illnesses in September.