Seriously. Jail. Not a fine or a slap on the wrist. This guy (and others in his company) are the reason behind several homicides.
A peanut company blamed for a salmonella outbreak discovered the dangerous bacteria at its Georgia plant as far back as 2006.
Darlene Cowart of JLA testing company told a House committee on Wednesday that Peanut Corp. of America contacted her business in November 2006 to help control salmonella discovered in the plant.
Federal health officials earlier said the company’s private tests found salmonella a dozen times, dating to June 2007. Cowart’s testimony shows the company was dealing with the bacteria problem seven months earlier.
The number of deaths that may be linked to the contaminated food increased to nine on Wednesday after Ohio officials confirmed a death there.
Stewart Parnell, the owner of Peanut Corp. of America, refused to testify at the hearing amid the disclosure that he urged his workers to ship bacteria-tainted products, pleading with employees to at least ‘turn the raw peanuts on the floor into money.’