Timeline of the Salmonella Outbreak

"So when you asked that question, to start with, they didn't give you all their test results on -- showing positive for salmonella," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

"No, sir," Sundlof replied.

Jan. 10, 2009 -- Minnesota officials receive results from tests on an open, 5-pound container of King Nut peanut butter taken from a nursing home where three people got sick. King Nut issues its first recall related to the outbreak.

Jan. 12, 2009 -- Clifford Tousignant, a 78-year-old man, dies at the Good Samaritan Society-Woodland nursing home in Brainerd, Minn. Mike Deuth, administrator of the two nursing homes, tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that about 10 of the approximately 460 people in the two facilities have became ill from salmonella.

Jan. 13, 2009 -- Peanut Corporation of America announces a nationwide recall.

Jan. 19, 2009 -- Connecticut Health Department officials testing an unopened container of King Nut peanut butter find it contains the outbreak strain.

Jan. 23, 2009 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues a statement saying that, "Although the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) did not purchase or distribute any products implicated in the recall, these products may have been obtained locally from commercial sources for use at USDA/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program sites."

Jan. 27, 2009 -- The FDA completes its inspection of the Blakely, Ga., plant. The FDA says internal records from the Georgia facility show that there were 12 instances in 2007 and 2008 where the firm identified some type of salmonella during its tests. The agency says the firm then sought out an outside lab to test the product, and if those tests came back negative the company shipped the product out despite its initial findings. The FDA inspections also document unsanitary conditions at the plant, including cockroaches, mold and leaking roofs.

Jan. 28, 2009 -- The FDA announces a major expansion of the recall, saying the Georgia peanut processing plant will recall every peanut product it made in the last two years. Health officials say the recall is among the largest ever, with eight deaths and 501 illnesses in 43 states thought to be linked to the salmonella outbreak.

Jan. 30, 2009 -- The federal government launches a criminal investigation to get more answers about the salmonella outbreak, to be carried out by the FDA's criminal division and the Department of Justice. The FDA says it did not know that the Georgia plant found salmonella in its testing and reports.

Feb. 3, 2009 -- The consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest asks grocery stores to use their customer loyalty programs to contact customers who have purchased recalled products.

Feb. 5, 2009 -- FDA and CDC officials as well as the mother of a salmonella victim testify before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Feb. 9, 2009 -- The FBI raids the Peanut Corporation's Blakely, Ga. plant at the heart of the criminal investigation.

Feb. 10, 2009 -- A Peanut Corporation of America processing facility in Texas, the Plainview Peanut Company, announces that it, too, will voluntarily suspend its operations during the food safety investigation.

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