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ConAgra to finalize plea deal in tainted peanut butter case

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By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - ConAgra is heading to court to finalize an $11.2 million plea deal in a federal criminal case stemming from a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds who ate tainted Peter Pan peanut butter.

A federal judge in Albany, Georgia, is scheduled to decide Thursday whether to approve the settlement reached with Justice Department prosecutors in May 2015.

The case has taken a long time to reach a resolution. It's been a decade since salmonella blamed for sickening at least 625 people in 47 states was traced to a Georgia plant that produced peanut butter for ConAgra. Peter Pan vanished from store shelves for months during a 2007 recall.

The settlement includes an $8 million fine that prosecutors say is the largest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case.

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