Blakely plant named source of Salmonella outbreak.
ATLANTA -- The FBI has issued search warrants in the ongoing investigation of the Peanut Corporation of America's plant in downstate Blakely.
Search warrants were issued on Monday for the Blakely plant as well as PCA's corporate headquarters in Lynchburg, Va. The FBI is assisting the FDA with the investigation.
According to NBC sister station WALB Albany, neither the FBI nor the FDA would answer questions about the investigation. WALB said they referred all calls to the US Attorney's office in Albany.
A set of bolt cutters and black brief cases where wheeled into the Peanut Corporation of America plant just after 11 a.m. Monday. Not long after a trailer and vehicles made their way through the gate to the rear of the plant.
Around 12:30 two Congressional investigators from the Energy and Commerce committee arrived and after a few pictures made their way into the plant, only to return an hour later with not much to say.
Some worry what the FBI's presence at the plant will do to an industry as important as peanuts in Blakely.
"Peanuts are very, very important here in our area, plus my husband farms and we do farm peanuts," said Angel Mathis.
The FDA on Friday said the plant knowingly shipped out product from this facility even though it tested positive for Salmonella before any retesting was done. The FBI won't tell us whether they will be back again tomorrow or if this was a one day operation.
The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to consider a measure next Monday that will require food makers to alert state inspectors within a day of internal tests that show food contaminants.
It also would force the companies to conduct the tests at least once a year.
(WALB contributed to this report)