Former Peanut Corp. of America CEO Receives 28 Year Prison Term

Former Peanut Corp. of America CEO Receives 28 Year Prison Term

Stewart Parnell, the former owner of Peanut Corp. of America, received a 28 year prison sentence for his role in a nationwide salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds in 2008 and 2009. The sentence marked the most severe punishment ever for a food-related crime. Investigators documented a litany of unsanitary conditions at a Peanut Corp. of America plant in Georgia, including mold, roaches, dirty equipment, holes big enough to allow rodents inside and a failure to separate raw and cooked products, and also discovered emails showing that Parnell approved shipments he knew might be contaminated. [9/22/15]

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