The federal government has not changed the safety measures required of peanut companies or instructed its inspectors to test for bacteria despite four outbreaks of salmonella from peanut products in the last three years. Nine people have died and over 1400 others have been sickened by consuming these salmonella-tainted foods.
A lack of reform has persisted in spite of sharp criticism from Congressional leaders and President Obama after the FDA discovered that 20 additional facilities were producing peanut products without the knowledge of federal government regulators. Currently, six bills addressing food safety issues are pending on Capital Hill. Washington Post (4/3)