Georgia's top agriculture official is urging federal prosecutors to criminally investigate a peanut processing plant linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration said this week that the Peanut Corp. of America plant in southwest Georgia repeatedly shipped products that they knew tested positive for salmonella.
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said Wednesday that the plant tried to hide test results and caused a "mammoth problem" that could destroy the peanut industry.
His call for an investigation comes the same day that U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who oversees FDA funding, asked the Justice Department to determine if the case warrants prosecution.
The salmonella outbreak has sickened hundreds and may have contributed to eight deaths.
A Peanut Corp. spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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