In other developments, the TDHS said on Feb 20 that it had taken over the recalls of products shipped from PCA’s Plainview plant because the company quit responding to its recall requests. On the same day, PCA issued a statement saying that it could take no further action on recalls, because its chapter 7 bankruptcy filing on Feb 13 prohibited the company from communicating with customers. Feb 20 Texas Department of State Health Services press release Details about shipping of peanuts from PCA’s Blakely, Ga., plant to its Texas facility have not yet been spelled out in investigative reports. However, a Jan 19 e-mail from PCA President Stewart Parnell to another employee, made public during a Feb 11 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, indicates that some raw peanuts from the Georgia plant were shipped to the Texas plant. On Feb 12 the TDHS ordered PCA to recall all products shipped from the Plainview plant since it opened in 2005, after finding that facility’s unsealed ventilation system was pulling debris such as rodent excrement from a crawl space onto production areas. Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told CIDRAP News that shipment of peanuts from the Georgia plant to the Texas plant would provide “a nice direct pathway for contamination.” “Our lab determined that it is the outbreak strain of Typhimurium. We don’t know what that means yet,” he said, adding that the TDHS was looking for evidence that peanuts were shipped between the two plants. The plants are more than 1,100 miles apart, the Morning News reported. Doug McBride, spokesman for the Texas Department of Health Services (TDHS), said yesterday that peanut meal sampled from the Plainview plant on Feb 12 tested positive for Salmonella Typhimurium, according to a report today from the Dallas Morning News. Meanwhile, the number of people sickened in the outbreak has risen to 666 in 45 states, according to an update yesterday from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The latest known disease onset was Feb 3. Though the CDC classified the outbreak as ongoing, it said the number of new cases has slowed moderately since December. In his e-mail, Parnell wrote that he believed the raw peanuts from the Georgia would be cooked, processed, and further tested at the Texas plant. Earlier this month the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it found the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak strain in an opened jar of peanut butter that a Colorado patient had bought from Vitamin Cottage Natural Foods, which made the product from peanuts it received from PCA’s plant in Plainview. “In terms of our overall understanding of the nature of the problem, it adds a nice piece to the puzzle,” Hedberg said. Parnell wrote that trucks containing about 43,000 pounds of raw peanuts had been shipped to the Plainview plant. “Obviously we are not shipping any peanut butter products affected by the recall but desperately at least need to turn the raw peanuts on our floor into money,” he wrote. “We have other raw peanuts on our floor that we would like to do the same with.” Parnell wrote the e-mail while FDA officials were conducting their investigation of PCA’s Georgia plant. Feb 25, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – More evidence that the Salmonella strain responsible for a nationwide outbreak was present in two widely separated Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) facilities surfaced yesterday when Texas officials announced they had found the contaminant in a product from PCA’s Plainview, Tex., processing plant. Feb 17 CIDRAP News story “FDA reports Salmonella in peanut butter tied to Texas plant” See also: House Energy and Commerce committee link to Jan 19 Stewart Parnell e-mail The TDHS said it was notifying manufacturers, distributors, and retailers it believed received products from the company in 2008, though some had already issued recall notices. Also, the agency said it hoped to locate customer lists from previous years in PCA’s records. Feb 24 FDA Salmonella recall update The number of product recalls continues to grow and has reached 2,670, according to an update yesterday from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Cisse’s 2002 Senegal side were one of those, along with Cameroon in 1990 and Ghana in 2010.The dreadlocked 42-year-old said players from those teams were now turning to coaching and could provide a crucial boost to African football.“I represent a new generation that would like to have its place among African football and world football,” he said.“We’re good players with pasts as professional football players and are very good tactically. We have the right to be among the top international coaches.”Cisse, whose Senegal side open their World Cup campaign in Russia with a Group H clash against Poland on Tuesday, said African teams would eventually be as successful as the European and South American giants.“I am certain that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup,” he said.But he said it would take time, adding: “It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We face realities that are not there in other continents.”“But Africa is full of quality and we’re on the way,” he said. “We fully trust our football, we have no complexes.“You see lots of African players in European clubs, now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead.”Senegal are one of five African teams at the tournament in Russia but they are the only one coached by an African.Cisse was reluctant to attribute the lack of African mentors to prejudice, instead focusing on football’s power to unite.“I’m the only black coach at this World Cup, it’s true,” he said. “But really this debate disturbs me. I think football is a universal sport and the colour of your skin is of very little importance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Senegal coach Aliou Cisse talks to the press in Moscow © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said more African coaches are needed to take football on the continent to the next level and develop teams capable of challenging for the World Cup.Brazilian great Pele predicted in 1977 that an African team would win the tournament by 2000 but returns have been disappointing, with only three quarter-final appearances by African teams in the event’s history. read more