April 10, 2007: Georgia Lawyer Visits Peanut Butter Plant

Yesterday, attorney Andrew Childers of Atlanta visited the Georgia plant connected with the Salmonella outbreak associated with Peter Pan peanut butter that first made headlines last February and sickened thousands of people. A group composed of plaintiffs’ attorneys, engineers, mapping specialists, photographers and videographers examined the ConAgra plant located in Sylverster, Georgia.

Mr. Childers, of Childers, Buck, & Schlueter, LLP, along with Eric H. Weinberg of the Law Offices of Eric H. Weinberg in New Brunswick, NJ, represents hundreds of individuals who were affected by contaminated Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter. The two attorneys are the only ones to have filed a peanut butter case in state court in Georgia, where the plant is located.

In addition, Childers and Weinberg are consulting with a retired FDA inspector to make sure that they glean all the information possible from on-site investigations of the manufacturing facility.

“We’ll be back at the plant this Friday to continue our investigation,” Mr. Childers said. “Our efforts are aimed at forcing ConAgra to disclose all of the information in its possession relating to how and when Salmonella bacteria got into the peanut butter. So far they have refused to turn over any information as to how or why the plant was contaminated. We will continue to press them until we get what we are entitled to.”

ConAgra has blamed a leaky roof and malfunctioning sprinkler system for the outbreak, explaining that moisture in the plant created an environment in which dormant Salmonella bacteria could grow. The pathogen may have been present in raw peanuts and peanut dust in the plant. How the Salmonella came in contact with the peanut butter before packaging is not yet known.

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