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Peanut Company Employees Indicted For 2009 Salmonella Outbreak
2013-02-22 06:30:48

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Four employees of a former peanut processor linked to the 2009 salmonella outbreak that poisoned hundreds of people and killed nine have been indicted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday (Feb 21). Stewart and Michael Parnell, two brothers that owned and operated the now-bankrupt Peanut Corporation of America, and former PCA employees Samuel Lightsey, plant operations manager, and Mary Wilkerson, plant quality...

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2009-04-08 14:30:00

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it issued a warrant on New Jersey-based Westco Fruit and Nuts Inc for refusing to cooperate with a peanut recall amidst a nationwide salmonella scare. Westco allegedly denied the FDA access to documents and declined to recall products after an FDA request. The warrant, served Wednesday by US Marshalls, requests access to the company's distribution records, according to Reuters. "On Feb. 9, 2009, New Jersey officials executed an embargo...

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2009-03-20 07:25:00

Democratic members of Congress on Thursday blamed the US food manufacturers who purchased products from the peanut firm responsible for the recent deadly salmonella outbreak. Kellogg Co, King Nut Corp and Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets were all implicated as having not done enough to ensure the safety of the products purchased from Peanut Corp of America, which was linked to the outbreak due to faulty oversight from a third party. The outbreak triggered a massive outbreak of 3,400...

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2009-02-14 06:35:00

On Friday, Peanut Corp. of America filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy amidst a salmonella outbreak that affected a number of consumers. "It's regrettable, but it's inevitable with the events of last month," said Andrew S. Goldstein, the lawyer who filed the bankruptcy petition. The salmonella outbreak was traced to the company's facility in Blakely, Ga.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, inspectors found mold, roaches, filthy equipment and a leaking roof at the plant. ...

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2009-02-05 14:40:00

As more peanut items continue to be added to the list of foods linked to the latest salmonella outbreak, US lawmakers are vowing to create a system of tighter food safety laws and conduct more frequent inspections. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, on Thursday referred to the US food safety system as "a hit or miss gamble." The committee held a hearing on the outbreak on Thursday. "To say that food safety in this country is a patchwork system is giving it...

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2009-02-04 14:29:18

It appears that the plant allegedly responsible for the latest massive salmonella outbreak owned and operated a Texas plant that had never been inspected by the US Food and Drug Administration until the company came under recent speculation. Although no salmonella was discovered at the Peanut Corp. of America plant in Plainview, news of its under-advised facility have sparked new questions about government's ability to regulate the nation's food supply. In Texas health records obtained by...

2009-02-02 13:50:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of the expansion of Peanut Corporation of America's recall to include all peanut ingredients produced in their Blakely, Georgia facility since Jan. 1, 2007, a voluntary nationwide recall has been issued for the following products: -- Kashi(TM) TLC(TM) Chewy Granola Bars in Trail Mix and Honey Almond Flax varieties, 7.4-ounce box with a "Best If Used Before" date prior to September 19, 2009 and followed by the letters CD (SEP 19...

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2009-01-31 08:10:00

Friday, after disclosing new details about the discovery of contaminated peanuts sent abroad by the same plant linked to a national salmonella outbreak, the government opened a criminal investigation, according to federal officials. Stephen Sundlof, head of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety center, said that the Justice Department will join FDA investigators in looking into possible criminal violations.  The Peanut Corp. of America plant shipped allegedly tainted products of...

2009-01-30 18:00:00

No Cases of Illness Reported; No Other Products Within the NutriSystem Food Portfolio Are Affected By The Recall HORSHAM, Pa., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NutriSystem Inc., a leading provider of weight management products and services, today announced an expanded voluntary recall of its NutriSystem-branded Peanut Butter Granola Bar due to the expanded recall from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) to include all peanut products manufactured from January 1, 2007 to the present. (Lot codes listed...

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2009-01-30 11:30:00

Christopher Meunier, a 7 year old child, woke up in November with a high fever, bloody diarrhea and was vomiting. "He was just in screaming pain," his mother, Gabrielle Meunier, told the New York Times. "He said, "ËœIt hurts so bad, I want to die' "” something you don't expect to hear out of a 7-year-old's mouth." Christopher had salmonella poisoning, caused by consuming peanut butter or peanut products produced at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Ga. The...