April 9, 2009
The Texas Department of State Health Services has assessed $14.6 million in administrative penalties against Plainview Peanut Co., LLC, for alleged violations of state food safety regulations.
The alleged violations include unsanitary conditions, product contamination, illnesses linked to consumption of peanuts from the plant and operating for almost four years without a food manufacturer’s license from the state.
DSHS sent a “notice of violation” letter to the company yesterday. The company can accept and pay the penalties, ask for an informal conference with DSHS to discuss the allegations and penalties or request a formal hearing before an administrative law judge to dispute the allegations or penalties.
Any money collected will go the state’s general revenue account.
On Feb. 12 DSHS ordered the facility to officially close and to recall all products shipped since it opened in March 2005.
(News Media: For more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524.)