Peanut company emails say ship tainted peanut butter

Peanut Corp. of America’s emails urge workers to ship salmonella peanuts.

West Palm Beach, FL (–Stewart Parnell, owner of Peanut Corporation of America, headquartered in Lychburg, Virginia ordered peanut products, known to be tainted with salmonella, shipped to sales vendors and distributors throughout the United States. The Associated Press (AP) revealed internal corporate emails of the peanut processing company, linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak which has sickened over 600 consumers and caused 8 deaths in over 43 states, were obtained by the House Energy and Commerce committee. The internal emails ordered known salmonella contaminated peanut butter and peanut paste products to be shipped.

Peanut Corp’s Blakely, Georgia processing plant is the center of the nationwide salmonella outbreak which began baffling Centers for Disease Control (CDC) medical investigators last September. The outbreak has led to the voluntary recall of over 1,800 consumer products by numerous companies at the urging of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The recall is considered the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history.

The federal probe into the nationwide contamination of thousands of consumer food products is now being heard by a Congressional committee with testimony from the companies owner Stewart Parnell to be heard beginning Wednesday. The Texas State Department of Health and federal authorities temporarily closed the Plainview, Texas peanut processing plant owned by Peanut Corp. on Monday. news for West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers specializing in product liability litigation.

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