A federal jury has convicted three people in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago.
It sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths.
Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty Friday of conspiracy and other charges after a seven–week trial in Albany, Georgia.
The federal Food and Drug Administration has put Georgia’s cantaloupe growers on notice that inspectors will be checking out packing operations when they begin in a few weeks. The agency is concerned about recent outbreaks of listeria and salmonella in the melons. So inspectors will visit a sample of facilities looking for any unsanitary conditions.
A University of Georgia food scientist has been awarded a federal grant worth nearly half a million dollars. Poultry, eggs, raw sprouts and unpasteurized juices are common sources of salmonella. Cooking and pasteurization kill the bacteria in those foods but not in dry and ready-to-eat foods.