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Peanut butter plant can resume limited operations

December 6, 2013 • State News

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge is allowing an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year to resume limited operations.

Sunland Inc. in Portales closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October.

Judge David Thuma’s order Wednesday authorizes the bankruptcy trustee to hire workers to deliver customer inventory but not to process peanuts of peanut products, the Portales News-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/195zCuu ).

Under the order, Sunland could be open for at least the next 12 months, pending the sale of its assets.

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