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Final peanut butter load for Haiti leaves Blakely

Federal authorities have charged the former owner of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and several employees with fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Federal authorities have charged the former owner of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and several employees with fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

BLAKELY, Ga. -- The final truckload of peanut butter bound for Haiti left Blakely Thursday as Birdsong Peanut Co. completed months of humanitarian relief efforts, officials say.

Bound for Miami and then on to Port-au-Prince, the truckload caps shipments of more than 260,000 pounds of peanut butter the company has shipped to Haiti since an earthquake ravaged the Caribbean nation Jan. 12, Birdsong spokesperson Sally Wells said Thursday.

Wells said that the company has received a strong response from communities throughout the Southeast in terms of donations and acknowledged three different chapters of the Rotary Club organization -- one from the Jacksonville, Fla., area; one from Suffolk, Va., the Birdsong headquarters; and the Blakely Club.

"The response has just been overwhelming," Wells said.

"As soon as word began to spread that we were going to be shipping peanut butter to Haiti, people just wanted to help."

Wells said that the end of the shipments come as aid organizations are asking to wind down relief efforts from outside nations.

In total, Birdsong has shipped 3.6 million servings of peanut butter to Haiti since the quake, worth an estimated wholesale value of $400,000.

Haiti's capital and largest city was reduced largely to rubble by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Jan. 12.

It was the largest quake to hit the nation since formal records were kept in 1770.

Haiti's government estimated between 230,000 and 300,000 people were killed in the event, The Associated Press reported.