Due to the media attention of the recent Salmonella outbreak and the fact that I'm doing a little research on E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks for a lecture that I'm giving in a couple of weeks, I stumbled across this great read: Barf Blog. If you check it out you can read about one of the plants involved in the contaminated peanut products - here's an excerpt.
The order came Thursday evening from the Department of State Health Services. The agency says "dead rodents, rodent excrement and bird feathers" were discovered Wednesday in a crawl space above a production area.
A state inspection also found that the unit's air handling system was pulling debris from the infested crawl space into production areas.
The plant began operating in March 2005 but was shut down earlier this week.
Yikes. It's now on to a total recall of anything ever made by the Peanut Corp of America's plant in Plainview, TX.