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Peanut Corporation of America executive indicted by Grand Jury on charges stemming from Salmonella Outbreak

The owner of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), where one of the deadliest Salmonella outbreaks in U.S. history originated, has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury on 76 criminal charges. A group of employees and associates of the now-defunct company have also been arraigned in connection to the 2009 outbreak, which killed 9 people and sickened more than 700. According to the indictment, unsealed this week, PCA’s former owner, Stewart Parnell, 58, is charged with committing criminal fraud and conspiracy for allegedly selling and shipping out peanut products known to be contaminated. The Salmonella-tainted peanut butter and other peanut-based ... Read More

FDA report reveals peanut plant’s carelessness in food safety

Last month, inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration visited the Plainview, Texas, peanut processing plant owned and operated by the Peanut Corporation of America. The inspection was ordered after investigators linked a salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 700 people in nearly every state to the Peanut Corp’s plant in Blakely, Georgia. Shortly after the outbreak, news broke that the company’s sister plant in Texas plant actually operated unlicensed and uninspected for years. Inspectors rushed in. What they found at the plant defines corporate irresponsibility and underscores the shortcomings of government agencies on both federal and state levels in doing ... Read More

Peanut Corporation of America closes for good

Peanut Corporation of America has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Virginia following the recall of peanut products produced in the company’s Blakely, Georgia, and Plainview, Texas, facilities. “It’s regrettable, but it’s inevitable with the events of last month,” Andrew S. Goldstein, the bankruptcy attorney who filed the petition, told the Associated Press. Investigators have traced the national salmonella outbreak to peanuts produced by the Peanut Corp. in its Blakely, Georgia, factory. They estimate that the contaminated peanut butter has sickened 630 people and caused the deaths of 9. According to the AP, the board “had ... Read More

Case worsens against Peanut Corp. tied to salmonella outbreak

Federal officials have been reporting that that the Peanut Corporation of America had salmonella-contaminated peanut butter retested in an apparent effort to obtain negative results. however, this week the Food and Drug Administration corrected its report, saying that in some cases the peanut processing plant in Blakely, Georgia, didn’t wait for results of the second tests before sending shipments of peanut butter. In other cases, independent labs hired by the Peanut Corp. found salmonella in some peanut butter, but the company shipped it out anyway, without retesting. These latest findings indicate that the Peanut Corporation was either grossly negligent or, ... Read More

Peanut Corp’s Texas plant ran unlicensed, uninspected since 2005

Most of the news concerning the massive peanut butter recall has focused on the manufacturing facility in Blakely, Georgia where Peanut Corporation of America produced the contaminated peanut butter that sickened so many people. Now Peanut Corporation’s other factory in Plainview, Texas, is in the spotlight because it operated unlicensed and uninspected for nearly four years. Just how the Texas plant could have operated under the radar for four years raises questions about the effectiveness of government in keeping the nation’s food clean and safe to eat. The Food and Drug Administration relies on the state of Texas, as it ... Read More

Vermont couple sues Peanut Corp. over son’s salmonella poisoning

Seven-year-old Christopher Meunier spent nearly a week in the hospital late last year after eating some peanut butter crackers contaminated with salmonella. The boy’s parents, Gabrielle and Daryl Meunier of Burlington, Vermont, are now suing the Peanut Corporation of America for an undisclosed amount of money. The particular strain of salmonella that sickened the boy is the same strain as the salmonella tied to Peanut Corporation’s manufacturing facility in Blakely, Georgia. Investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified the strain as Salmonella Typhimurium. The salmonella found in the peanut butter products was one of four different strains detected ... Read More

Probe of salmonella outbreak uncovers earlier peanut problems

A shipment of chopped peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely, Georgia, facility was rejected in Canada because it was deemed “filthy and putrid,” officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.  The shipment was refused by the importer in Canada in April 2008. The importer requested that it be destroyed. Tests of the refused shipment later showed that the chopped peanuts contained metal fragments. The shipment was not destroyed until November 17, more than 7 months after it was rejected, because the Peanut Corporation tried to clean it up. “The shipment was rejected from Canada and imported back to the ... Read More

Congress announces first hearing on peanut butter recall

Representative Henry Waxman, D-Cal. and Representative Bart Stupak, D-MI announced on Thursday that congress will hold the first public hearing on the salmonella outbreak that has been traced to Peanut Corporation of America’s peanut butter products. Last week we reported how Peanut Corp. found some of their peanut butter to be tainted with salmonella but sold and shipped the products anyway. After the products tested positive for salmonella in internal tests, the company had the products retested by external labs, who reported negative readings. The re-tests outraged some members of congress, who accused Peanut Corp. of shopping around for negative ... Read More

Peanut Corp. may face criminal charges over salmonella outbreak

We reported earlier that the Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely, Georgia plant knowingly shipped out a dozen batches of peanut products that had tested positive for salmonella. As the federal government’s investigation continues, the likelihood that company mangers will face criminal charges appears to grow. Company records examined by the Food and Drug Administration indicate that the Peanut Corporation had the contaminated products retested by external labs after in-house lab tests found salmonella bacteria. The most recent re-test of contaminated peanut butter was ordered in September. Health officials began detecting signs of a salmonella outbreak in October. According to the ... Read More

Company knowingly sold contaminated peanut butter many times

Officials from the Food and Drug Administration discovered that the Peanut Corporation of America found salmonella bacteria while conducting internal tests several times in 2007 and 2008 but knowingly sold its products anyway. The contaminated peanut butter products were shipped 12 times in those two years, according to company documents examined by the FDA. According to records kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500 people in 43 states and Canada have become sick after eating products containing the Peanut Corporation of America’s contaminated peanut butter. The FDA blames the salmonella outbreak on eight deaths ... Read More