Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Grilled by Greg

Eight deaths and more than 550 illnesses have been associated with the samonella outbreak that was traced back to peanut products made by the Peanut Corp. of America.
Stewart Parnell, president of Peanut Corporation, and Sammy Lightsey, manager of the company’s Georgia plant, were subpoenaed by a House committee. But invoking their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, they refused to answer questions.
Shortly after the two settled into their seats, Representative Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon, brandished a large jar wrapped in yellow crime-scene tape that was filled with contaminated cookies and crackers, and he asked the executives, “Would either of you be willing to take the lid off and eat any of these products?” They refused.

"Despite more than 12 tests in 2007 and 2008 that showed salmonella contamination in his company’s products, Mr. Parnell wrote an e-mail message to company employees on Jan. 12 saying, “We have never found any salmonella at all.”
If this were Japan, both officers of this company would have already committed suicide.

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