ConAgra announced today that the company will re-open the plant where Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter was produced. The plant was closed in February after it was identified as the source of a Salmonella outbreak that had sickened hundreds of people who ate contaminated Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter. From Forbes.com:
The Omaha-based company said it was planning to reopen its Sylvester, Ga., plant after spending at least $15 million on renovations that include repairing the roof, installing new equipment and creating a design to better separate raw materials and the finished product.
"Right now we’re in the final stages of getting everything ready to produce Peter Pan peanut butter there," said Stephanie Childs, a company spokeswoman.
The plant was shut down in February after health officials linked the Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter to a salmonella outbreak. More than 600 people in 47 states reported becoming ill, and the company faces lawsuits in several states.