Sunland plant in Portales to resume peanut processing

Posted at: 12/26/2012 3:06 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Sunland Inc. of Portales has been given permission to reopen its peanut processing plant as part of a consent decree between the company and the federal Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA had ordered the plant closed after shipments of peanut butter and other peanut products sickened dozens across 42 states earlier this year.

The cause of the illness was salmonella, a bacteria that was found on processing equipment in the plant.

The Sunland factory is the nation's largest maker of organic peanut butter and its products were sold at Trader Joes, among other stores.

According to a news release from the plant, all employees will be returning to work.

The peanut butter plant has not yet reopened and it is unknown when or if it will.

Stay with KOB for more on this developing story.