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Peanut Corp. Ran Unlicensed Plant in Texas: Report

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The company blamed for the nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people has a peanut processing plant in Texas that operated for years without being inspected or licensed by government health officials, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

State health records obtained by the news service show Peanut Corp. of America's plant in Plainview wasn't inspected until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked the salmonella outbreak to the company's plant in Blakely, Ga.

The Plainview plant, which hadn't been inspected since it opened in March 2005, was found to be salmonella-free by state and federal health officials who checked out the facility a few weeks ago.

Even so, the case raises questions about the adequacy of government oversight of food safety, according to the AP.

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