ALBANY: ‘ Putting Profit Before People Has Dire Consequences in Peanut Butter Trial ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES(Albany) – September 20 – Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to anyone who may be tempted to place profits over people’s welfare AP reported. 

' Peanut Corporation of America'

‘ Peanut Corporation of America’

More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive in the company that owned the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud and other crimes related the nationwide outbreak in 2008 and 2009.

U.S. prosecutors take aim against Peanut Corp. of America officials accused in conspiracy to sell tainted products.

Jury selection begins today in Albany, Ga., in the case against three former company officials accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls ever.

The defendants are Stewart Parnell, PCA’s former chief executive; along with his brother,

Michael Parnell, a former company vice president; and Mary Wilkerson, the ex-manager of quality control.

Federal investigators found filthy conditions at the company’s Georgia plant and said the defendants fabricated certificates that claimed peanut product shipments were safe when tests showed otherwise.

The case is a rare federal prosecution linked to an outbreak of food poisoning. The Associated Press, Atlanta Business Chronicle reported. 

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