(Blakely, GA) -- The Blakely, Georgia peanut butter plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 500 people and may be linked to eight deaths nationwide has a history of sanitation problems.
"The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution" is reporting that state inspection reports cites sanitation problems that include grease and dirt buildup, unmarked chemical containers and gaps in doors large enough for rodents.
The Georgia Agriculture Department says from 2006 to 2008, the South Georgia plant had repeated cleanliness problems.
Federal officials say the plant owned by the Peanut Corporation of America is the sole source of the salmonella outbreak.
The plant has been shut down and most of the workers have been laid off.
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