Jul 27, 2015

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A Man Who Sold Tainted Peanut Butter May Get Life In Prison

Life is not a harsh sentence in prison for selling peanut butter. At least not in the case of a man named Stewart Parnell. Parnell knowingly sold tainted peanut butter to people. A fact that did kill nine innocent people. Therefore, in his case, life imprisonment is something that suits the crime. It is alleged that Parnell did have knowledge that the peanut products were indeed infested with Salmonella poisoning before they went to sale at his peanut butter plant in Georgia. Salmonella is a group of bacteria that is one of the most common forms of all food poisonings in the United States. It is estimated to cause one million illnesses per year in the United States. Of the one million people who get salmonella poisoning, 19,000 are hospitalized, and 380 die from it annually.

Parnell is the former CEO of the Peanut Corporation of America. He was arrested and charged in the deaths of nine people, as well as, making more than 700 hundred others sick, by having prior knowledge that the peanut butter was contaminated with Salmonella. Parnell allegedly knew this fact about the contaminated peanut products and still sold truckloads of the condiment from his plant in Georgia. He didn’t do the right thing about the poisoned peanut products. It is these tainted peanut products, which led to the death of not only nine people, but did make more than 700 others very ill, and this is the information that comes straight from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The United States Probation Office did also reveal that Stewart Parnell’s brother, whose name is Michael, and who is the broker for the company’s peanut sales should also get 17.5 to 21.8 years in prison. Mary Wilkerson, who is the quality assurance manager at the company’s Blakely, Georgia, peanut processing plant will also be more than likely to get 8 to 10 years in prison. The attorneys for the US Department of Justice did fully support the recommendations from the United States Probation Office concerning these two individuals specifically.

These sentences are expected to be decided on September 21st, 2015. Should these sentences end up being imposed on the parties accused of this crime. They will definitely be the most severe of all penalties that will ever be imposed for safety-related food infractions since federal regulations on food did start about one hundred years ago.

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