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ConAgra Foods Blames Moisture From Leaky Roof and Faulty Sprinkler in Its Sylvester, Georgia Plant for Salmonella Outbreak; Parker Waichman LLP & Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP to Visit Plant This Month to Conduct Independent Inspection

Apr 5, 2007 |

Parker Waichman LLP ( and Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP have received permission to visit ConAgra Foods' (NYSE:CAG) manufacturing plant in Sylvester, Georgia. Earlier today, ConAgra Foods blamed the outbreak on moisture from a leaky roof and a faulty sprinkler, which allowed dormant salmonella to infect its peanut butter.

The firms have been contacted by thousands of people who became sick after ingesting contaminated peanut butter manufactured by ConAgra. If you believe you became ill after eating contaminated peanut butter, you can request a free case evaluation by visiting or or by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

Parker Waichman LLP and Neblett, Beard & Arsenault LLP believe an independent investigation is needed to ensure that ConAgra is not minimizing the cause of the contamination, which would ultimately put millions of consumers at risk when the product returns to market. The investigation will be conducted by industry experts over a three day period.

The firms are currently representing thousands of clients affected by contaminated peanut butter, including the family of a woman who died from salmonella-related complications after ingesting Peter Pan peanut butter with a product code beginning with 2111. That case was filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi Delta Division (Docket # 2:07-CV-35-P-A).

Peter Pan and Great Value Product Code 2111 Recalled

On March 1, 2007, the FDA announced it found the strain of salmonella that tainted peanut butter made at the ConAgra Foods plant in Sylvester, Georgia. Government and industry officials have said the contamination may have been caused by dirty jars or equipment. On February 14, 2007, ConAgra Foods recalled certain lots of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter due to salmonella contamination and widespread reports of related illness in multiple states. The FDA warned the public not to eat Peter Pan or Great Value (a Wal-Mart brand manufactured by ConAgra) peanut butter to avoid becoming sick with Salmonellosis. The recalled peanut butter jars have a product code beginning with "2111" on the jar lid. Consumers are being advised to avoid the recalled peanut butter. This lot of peanut butter was first manufactured in May 2006 and continued through the February, 2007 recall. ConAgra manufactures both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands in the company's Sylvester, Georgia facility. The FDA has sent investigators to ConAgra's processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee.

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