Protecting the public is probably impossible when companies like the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) produce and ship salmonella laced peanut butter, in a willful manner according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). [...] Salmonella infections can be life threatening especially for infants, young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
automation update | News from the Field Manufacturing, analytical sophistication no match for willful misconduct See related story on page 26. T he automation of food and phar- and ship salmonella laced peanut butter, people or other animals. The Salmonella maceuticals production and pack- in a willful manner according to the Food family includes over 2,300 serotypes of aging in North America and Europe and Drug Administration (FDA). bacteria, which are one-celled organisms is probably the most regulated, scruti- The case is reminiscent of the recent too small to see without a microscope. nized, and hygienic industry verticals. mass melamine poisoning that took place Two types, Salmonella Enteritidis and Sal- Clean-in-place, sterilization, clean rooms, in China, also done in a willful manner monella Typhimurium are the most com- and government oversight are the concepts and with disregard for public safety. mon in the U.S. and account for half of all and venues we associate with those items Late 2008 and this year, eight people human infections. we produce to put in our mouths. died and at least 19,000 people in 43 Strains that cause no symptoms in ani- states, most of them mals can make people sick, and vice ver- children, became sick sa. If present in food, it does not usually in the outbreak of affect the taste, smell, or appearance of food poisoning from the food. The bacteria live in the intestinal eating products con- tracts of infected animals and humans. taining peanuts, ac- People contracting the bug experience cording to the Centers diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever for Disease Control within eight to 72 hours of eating the and Prevention. contaminated food. Additional symptoms This infection trig- may be chills, headache, nausea, and gered the most exten- vomiting. Symptoms usually disappear sive food recall ever in within four to seven days. U.S. history, involving Many people with salmonellosis recov- at least 186 compa- er without treatment and may never see nies and 1,790 dif- a doctor. However
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