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Lower Grade Peanuts = More Salmonella Danger?

Today's New York Times has a long front-page piece on the PCA recall.  Little if anything new in the article, but I did find this little tidbit interesting:

“They had a little niche market, importing some peanuts from Mexico and South America, and buying a lower grade,” said Mr. Hall, who visited the plant when it clogged city sewers with oil overflows.

This goes back to a point I made earlier concerning the role that ruthless cost-cutting in the supply chain plays our growing food safety issues.  The article also points out that Georgia's budgets for food inspections were under pressure.  None of this excuses PCA, but we won't have consistently safe food unless the underlying money questions are solved.

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