- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which closed Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico processing plant in November due to salmonella concerns, reinstated Sunland's registration for the facility this week.
- The agency vacated its suspension order, allowing Sunland Inc. to restart operations and resume peanut processing.
- This was the first time that the FDA used its power granted under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 to prevent a facility from introducing a product into interstate or intrastate commerce.
From the article:
"... In accordance with the consent decree, FDA also authorized Sunland to resume processing and distributing raw peanuts from its peanut mill plant in Portales, N.M. The company may not resume processing or distributing ready-to-eat food until it completes additional corrective actions and receives written authorization from the FDA. ..."