Peanut Butter Factory inspections were outsourced to State of Georgia
Posted Feb 10 2009 11:29am
FDA sure could use some help with technology here, bank of servers to log quality control of all consumables made not only here but all over the world. I don’t understand how they are thinking, but there is no way to provide the manpower at the FDA to in person inspect all drug and food factories in the US and overseas. Again, this might be fear of the “T” word, technology.
I have written this up in about 3 other posts that they factories need to be connected to a bank of servers to report in the quality control findings on each lot produced. Easy enough done through the internet and most factories already have some type of reporting system internally anyway, so the bank of servers would not only take in the information, but also send out alerts to FDA inspectors, the factory itself, and perhaps some state health departments while we are at it. This is the age of the internet so this information could simply fly out, once set up.
As a matter of fact, this could be done globally too. Here’s something below from last April that I posted. Congress is asking for the technology industry to help, but will they accept new ideas and understand how to implement technology?
" But a lack of information and expertise on the part of legislators can hamper effective legislation."... something I have been saying for a long time...we need geeks in Congress....I run in to this battle all the time with folks who make decisions lacking the overall ROI and effects of technology minded decisions...why...much of it is because they won't use any modern technology...you just haven't lived until you have experienced a virus or Trojan horse and then security comes right to the forefront.. ...“ Some of our members don’t even use computers,” Olcott said. “They have some discomfort talking about technology.”...so if this happens at the top levels...I do ask myself...where does this leave me?
In short we need some technology help here asap to set up the automated reporting systems. BD
The FDA also did not know the company was making peanut butter at the Georgia plant. The last time the FDA inspected the Blakely plant was 2001, when it was blanching and roasting peanuts but not making peanut butter, said Stephen Sundlof of the FDA. In 2006, the FDA contracted with the state of Georgia to perform annual inspections of the facility on its behalf.
The Georgia inspectors never reported any serious problems to the FDA.
When FDA officials went into the plant last month for the first time in five years, however, they found a leaky roof, water stains, poor ventilation, mold, dead roaches, unsanitary equipment as well as four types of salmonella.