About time: FDA halts company’s peanut butter operations

Once again, audits, inspections and the buyers at some of the biggest retail chains in the U.S. (and globally) have imperiled consumers by allowing shoddy product on the shelves.

According to AP, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has halted operations of the country’s largest organic peanut butter processor, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with a new enforcement authority the agency gained in a 2011 food safety law.

But I keep getting told the Food Safety Modernization Act is about prevention?

FDA officials found salmonella all over Sunland Inc.’s New Mexico processing plant after 41 people in 20 states, most of them children, were sickened by peanut butter manufactured at the plant and sold at Trader Joe’s. The suspension will prevent the company from distributing any food.

Sunland sold hundreds of products to many of the nation’s largest grocery chains.

Nothing will change until retailers get their collective heads out of ______ and start marketing microbial food safety so consumers have some semblance of choice.