June 17, 2008 -- Under an FDA/state contract, the Georgia Department of Agriculture completes a seven-day inspection of the Blakely plant. Obtained by a FOIA request, the inspection report documents unsanitary conditions that were corrected during the inspection. Those findings include "steel wool pad in butter room used for cleaning not approved due to possible contamination, scraper used to work final bulk tank improperly stored above reject tank also no cleaning and sanitizing schedule for scraper, and dust build up on fan in butter fill area." According to the report, the FDA also requests that metal detection be evaluated because of the recently rejected peanut shipment. "The firm's procedure seems adequate for regular runs of product however the product in question was not checked for metal because of the metal/foil bags used in the original shipment that was rejected," the report states.
Sept. 15, 2008 -- The FDA refuses an attempt to ship the chopped peanuts back into the United States from Canada.
Oct. 23, 2008 -- The Georgia Department of Agriculture inspection notes some of the equipment at the plant was not properly maintained and cleaned and documents some mildew on the ceiling of a storage room.
Nov. 10, 2008 -- The CDC begins monitoring incidences of salmonella in 12 states.
Nov. 24, 2008 -- A 78-year-old woman in Kingsport, Tenn., dies after battling a high fever and diarrhea for nearly a week, according to medical reports provided to the Bristol, Va., Herald Courier. Gloria "Jeannie" Fields believes her mother is a victim of the national crisis.
Nov. 25, 2008 -- Incidences of salmonella are reported in 16 states.
Early December 2008 -- A closer look at salmonella illnesses is under way at the FDA and the CDC. "These combined clusters were then joined for an intense investigation and communication during December into early January, that usually starts with numerous interviews to suggest the likely food item and/or common exposures followed by these detailed epidemiologic studies of these food items," CDC assistant surgeon general Ali Khan told Senate lawmakers Feb. 5, 2009. "The early epidemiologic evidence suggested an association with peanut butter served in institutions as a possible explanation for at least a part of the outbreak."
Dec. 21, 2008 -- Shirley Mae Almer, of Perham, Minn., dies at age 72. "She died because every morning she liked to have toast with peanut butter," said Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar last week.
January 2009 -- An elderly woman in Northeast Ohio dies in a nursing home after getting sick Christmas Day. According to Anne Morse, assistant director of nursing for the Summit County Health District, a salmonella infection she contracted ''contributed to her death. … I don't think it was the cause of death," Morse told the Akron Beacon Journal. "As I understand it, she had a lot of other health issues.''
Jan. 4, 2009 -- Doris Flatgard, 87, dies after eating peanut butter at a Brainerd, Minn., assisted living home.