ConAgra to reopen Georgia peanut butter plant

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SYLVESTER, GA. — ConAgra Foods Inc. said it plans to resume production of peanut butter later this month at the Sylvester plant where thousands of jars of peanut butter linked to a national outbreak of Salmonella were filled.

The Omaha-based company said it spent more than $15 million on renovations that include repairing the roof, installing new equipment and creating a design to better separate raw materials and the finished product. ConAgra said the total cost of the peanut butter recall was approximately $66 million pre-tax in fiscal 2007, with $48 million incurred in the third quarter and $18 million in the fourth quarter.

The plant was shut down in February after health officials linked Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter to a Salmonella outbreak. More than 600 people in 47 states reported becoming ill, and the company now faces lawsuits in several states.

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