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The real question is whether they have cleaned up and fixed the problems at the plat so they aren't selling products that sicken and kill people. Until they do that, the rest is just so much whining. So what have they done to address the problems?
Heavy handed or not this violations NEED TO BE FIXED! "The FDA said inspectors found samples of salmonella in 28 different locations in the plant, in 13 nut butter samples and in one sample of raw peanuts. Inspectors found improper handling of the products, unclean equipment and uncovered trailers of peanuts outside the facility that were exposed to rain and birds. Inspectors also said employees did not have access to hand-washing sinks, and dirty hands had direct contact with ready-to-package peanuts"
"Solidly Republican" huh? No surprise there, they'd gladly kill off some of their own customers to save a few extra bucks in production, so typical, especially the whining about regulators. They should shut up and get their act together. How hard can it be to run a clean operation?
Essentially they did this to themselves, and have nobody else to blame. If the plant had been kept clean by the people who live there, it wouldn't have caused medical problems for so many others. It sucks that they are so dependent on that one plant, but if they had done their jobs they wouldn't be in this position.
This is no different from the egg processor that got caught in Iowa, or the veggie producers last year. When your product is used nationwide you have to follow cleanliness standards, or you get salmonella.
"Solidly Republican" huh?
This has absolutely nothing to do with the facility not abiding by the rules/regulations related to assuring safety of a product. If you want to uae that little example as what happens in a "solidly republican" area, then you should expect to suffer the same consequences of any union backlash when talking about the teamsters issues for local 120 and the siphoning of money, kickbacks, et. al. in minneapolis. Solidly Democrat!!!!
Remember a couple of weeks ago, when everyone was mocking the Hostess union workers for not seeing that their strike would leave them unemployed? These people are in pretty much the same league. If even one more customer gets sick after eating their products, a massive class action lawsuit is going to be filed that may well drive them into bankruptcy and close the plant permanently. They also may have hurt the company's reputation just as much as the FDA closure has. I know I'm not eager to buy food from a company whose suppliers say they don't care whether people get food poisoning as long as they get paid.
How much has the USDA subsidized these farmers and the plant? Take away their cropfare!
As for the farmers "wondering" if they'll be paid...If the plant accepted your crops you are owed payment. And I'd make every effort to ensure that happens wheter from normal channels, bankruptcy, or the corporations boards and executive/administrative staff (who should have been making sure on a daily basis that health standards were met. You know the people, so everything is good and no need for excess worry.
So what have they done to address the problems? = Why, they have paid more to their lobbyists to prevent MORE regulation and continue to hide the owner from being held responsible for what the "company" does. It's the American way afterall.
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