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Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Peanut Butter Salmonella Scandal Continues


On January 19th, I posted a Press Release by the FDA that urged  "consumers to postpone eating commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter-containing products and institutionally-served peanut butter until further information becomes available about which products may be affected.


Here is an update of sorts to that story with the testimony of the owner of Peanut Corp. of America Stewart Parnell before Congress:




And here is what appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding the testimony (or lack thereof:


Washington — Even after Peanut Corp. of America learned its products were tainted with salmonella, it kept shipping them to unsuspecting customers, apparently putting profits ahead of public safety, according to documents and testimony presented at a congressional subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
Company president Stewart Parnell and Sammy Lightsey, manger of the Blakely plant at the center of one of the biggest food poisoning cases in recent history, refused to answer questions from a House panel, invoking their Fifth Amendment right not to present self-incriminating evidence.
They declined to come into the House hearing room while victims told of their dead loved ones killed by salmonella linked to the company’s peanut paste and other products. After refusing to answer any questions from committee members — at one point Parnell and Lightsey were asked if they would even eat any of their own products — they quickly left a House office building, refusing to speak to reporters.
The salmonella outbreak has sickened 600 people and has been linked to nine deaths. More than 1,800 products have been recalled, and manufacturers of peanut-related products have lost millions of dollars.

As far as I know...keep away from consuming Peanut Butter...

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