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Georgia State Senator John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, holds up a jar of peanut butter while proposing food processors be required to share internal reports with state inspectors, during a legislative session in the senate chamber Thursday Jan. 29, 2009, in Atlanta. Recent salmonella cases have been tracked back to a processing facility in Georgia. Peter Pan peanut butter was not one of the brands affected by the recall. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Minnesota food detectives solve peanut butter mystery

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ST. PAUL -- Nine dead, three in Minnesota, with 654 sick in 44 states.

It almost sounds like terrorists spreading a deadly disease. Federal, state and local investigative agencies nationwide sprang into action well before numbers rose that high.


There were few clues about why Americans were getting sick and dying.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.