Peanut company in salmonella probe shuts 2nd plant

ATLANTA (AP) -- The company at the center of an investigation into a deadly national salmonella outbreak has suspended operations at a second peanut processing plant.

Peanut Corporation of America said in a statement Tuesday it is voluntarily suspending operations at its Plainview, Texas, plant while state and federal health officials complete an investigation into procedures and food safety records there.

Peanut Corp. already closed a Georgia plant identified as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 600 people in 44 states and may have contributed to eight deaths.

An Associated Press investigation last week revealed that the Texas plant operated for years uninspected and unlicensed by state health officials.

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