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Company Behind Salmonella Scare Files For Bankruptcy

Not surprisingly, the Virginia based Peanut Corp. of America filed for bankruptcy last Friday. The company, which has been accused of producing the salmonella tainted peanut products, filed Chapter 7 to liquidate their assets. Plants in Georgia and Texas were closed after the positive results for possible salmonella contamination were found. Inspectors discovered the Georgia plant in gross conditions: infested with roaches, mold, and leaks.

The president of the corporation, Stewart Parnell, has turned his back on the problem, and last week authorized the shipping of knowingly tainted products. Although he refuses to speak with investigators, food safety lawyers believe that the victims of the salmonella outbreak will be compensated.

It makes me sick to think that the president of a company could willingly send contaminated goods, but I'm glad to know the government has tracked down the source of the problem. What do you think of the news?


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emalove emalove 8 years
Gross...and I completely agree with you, FitZucchero.
FitZucchero FitZucchero 8 years
What I find appalling is that this could even occur at all. Where was the FDA and government intervention before this occurred? I'm amazed at the rings of fire that small business and farmers need to jump through, but companies like this manage to get products to the shelves that are contaminated. Serious overhaul of "big agro" needs to happen, I hope that the American public after this demands it.
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
I agree that they deserve it, but feel bad for the employees.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I'm surprised it didn't happen earlier. Parnell's attitude through this whole thing has been horrible and I don't think he's taken his actions seriously enough. I don't usually wish ill on anyone, but this guy deserves to lose it all.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Any food manufacturer who would keep their plant in such horrific conditions shouldn't be surprised that they're going to go out of business. Seriously, if you aren't doing QC in your plant and practicing sanitation, you shouldn't be selling food, period. The guy who owns this company sounds like a real winner.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
:woohoo: They deserve it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that anyone that has that kind of moral compass deserves to 'go down'. how can you knowingly allow tainted product to ship out to consumers..if you don't go bankrupt, then you deserve to lose everything anyway. think about the families that lost loved ones or of those that are suffering with an illness because of it all.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This company deserved to fail. Their practices are so disgusting, and they KNEW what they were doing. I almost cheered when I heard that they were basically going under.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Makes me feel really sorry for the workers that are most likely worried about losing their jobs.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I'm hardly surprised, and I'd say that their lawyers would be committing potential malpractice if they hadn't suggested a Chapter 7 filing. Which is not the same as saying I think it's morally right.
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