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Suspicion falls on more peanut products

The Georgia plant at the center of the peanut recall investigation denies that it knew products were tainted with salmonella before they were shipped.

Meantime, the Army said today it's pulling some peanut butter items from its warehouses in Europe.

Snack crackers, health bars, ice cream, dog treats, and now military food are all wrapped up in this investigation.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture says the Peanut Corporation of America knew its peanut products were tainted with salmonella.

The plant was shut down after FDA and state inspectors found roaches, mold, a leaky roof and other problems.

Georgia officials say the company's own tests found evidence of salmonella.

But they kept testing until they got negative results from a different lab, then shipped the products anyway.

By law, they never had to show those tests to inspectors.

"It was very shocking to us to see the proof that lab shopping was going on," said Georgia Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Oscar Garrison.

The company said in a statement it's taken "extraordinary measures" to get unsafe products off store shelves.

It "categorically denies" any lab-shopping, and argues there are "some inaccuracies" in the FDA report.

Food safety advocates blame the FDA.

"FDA was not following this plant closely enough, was following up on Georgia state inspections which were finding several problems over the years, and that's very worrisome," said Sarah Klein of Center for Science in the Public Interest.

More than 400 types of peanut products have been pulled off store shelves.

Over 500 people have gotten sick, with eight deaths.

Today, the nation's largest maker of peanut butter sandwich crackers, Lance, is spreading the word on YouTube, and in print, that's it's not part of the massive recall.

Hershey's also said today its popular Reese's products aren't involved.

And the FDA notes jars of peanut butter are not part of the recall.            

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