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The New York Times reports today that Texas regulators have ordered the immediate closure of a peanut plant there operated by the Peanut Corporation of America, the company that has been implicated in the salmonella outbreak caused by contaminated peanut butter and peanut paste.

According to the story, Texas officials have ordered the company “to recall all products after inspectors found dead rodents, feces and feathers above a production area … The volume of products that would need to be pulled back was not immediately known. Many of the plant's customers – mostly manufacturers -- had already begun holding products back or running their own tests.”

The story says that officials found “a filth-infested crawl space” and an air handling system that “was pulling debris from the crawl space into areas where dry roasted peanuts, peanut meal and granulated peanuts were processed.”

It reportedly is up to the company to inform its customers of the recall, but the Times says that “it wasn't immediately clear if the company was complying.” Nobody from the company is talking at this point.

In related new, there is a report out of South Carolina that the state legislature is considering the passage of a bill that would require retailers to use their customer databases to inform people if they have purchased products recalled for safety reasons.

KC's View:
This story just gets worse and worse. One MNB user suggested yesterday in an email that the company’s officials ought to be immediately shipped off to Guantanamo, where they could be subjected to frequent hot peanut oil waterboarding.

I think he was kidding.