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FDA allows Sunland to restart peanut mill operations


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reinstated the food facility registration of Sunland Inc., after a federal judge entered a consent decree of permanent injunction imposing requirements on the firm.

FDA suspended the food facility registration of Sunland Inc. following a link from Sunland’s peanut butter to a Salmonella Bredeney outbreak that has sickened over 40 people in 20 states. The registration suspension was the first time the Agency has exercised this new authority through the Food Safety & Modernization Act (FSMA).

This new authority enables the agency to take this action when food manufactured, processed, packed, received, or held by a facility has a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals, and other conditions are met.

Sunland said recently that the registration suspension had been “unexpected and the company is disappointed by this development”.

In accordance with the consent decree, FDA authorized Sunland to resume processing and distributing raw peanuts from its peanut mill plant in Portales, N.M. The company may not resume processing or distributing ready-to-eat food until it completes additional corrective actions and receives written authorization from the FDA.

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