Make Our Food Safe

Editorial: "Victims of tainted peanut butter outbreak demand criminal charges"

Grist | Michele Simon

"Last Friday, I spoke at the Government Accountability Project Food Integrity Campaign conference. During the lunch break, food safety attorney and advocate Bill Marler hosted a press event with 10 family members of victims of the 2009 salmonella outbreak in peanut butter. Hundreds of companies recalled thousands of products made with peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). At least 700 people became ill with salmonella infections after eating those products, and nine died.

Earlier that day, Marler and his clients had met with attorneys from the Department of Justice to demand that criminal charges be brought against the former CEO of PCA, Stewart Parnell.

The facts of the case are staggering. The congressional investigation that followed the outbreak uncovered internal emails suggesting Parnell knew his company was shipping salmonella-contaminated peanuts..."

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