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    Peanut plant linked to outbreak can reopen

    ALBUQUERQUE — A troubled New Mexico peanut butter plant that had its license yanked after being linked to a widespread salmonella outbreak reached a deal Friday to resume some operations on Wednesday under the eye of federal regulators.

    A consent decree filed in federal court says Sunland Inc., the nation’s largest organic peanut butter producer, can reopen if it hires an independent expert to develop a sanitation plan, which then must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    Conditions at the plant prompted the FDA in November to use new authority for the first time to revoke the company’s operating certificate without a court hearing.


    The action came after the plant was linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened 42 people in 20 states this fall.

    Associated Press