News Summary: peanut capital at heart of recall

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 19, 2012 20:15 hrs

: The country's largest organic peanut processing plant is scrubbing its facilities top to bottom and hopes to get back in production soon after a massive recall of scores of products linked to a salmonella outbreak.

SWEET AND NUTTY: The plant is in eastern New Mexico, home to the prized Valencia peanut, which represents just a small percentage of the nation's massive peanut crop but is favored for natural and organic peanut butter products because of its sweet flavor.

SQUIRRELLING IT AWAY: This year's crop is exceptional, growers say, and peanuts store well, but anxiety is growing about whether the recall will affect sales of peanut butter and related products.

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