Peanut Co. Owner Allegedly Knew Peanut Products Were Tainted, Still Urged Shipping

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Internal e-mails indicate the owner of a peanut company urged his workers to ship tainted products after receiving test results identifying salmonella.

The company e-mails obtained by a House committee show Peanut Corp. of America owner Stewart Parnell ordered the shipments tainted with the bacteria because he was worried about lost sales.

Parnell was ordered to appear before Congress Wednesday to discuss the outbreak that has led to 600 illnesses and eight deaths blamed on his Georgia plant.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, revealed the internal correspondence from the company during a House Energy and Commerce hearing.

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