Local eyewitness news reported that authorities began a criminal investigation into the Peanut Corporation of America’s (PCA) Georgia facility because of the link to the salmonella outbreak.
Throughout their investigation in the Georgia plant, FDA found a complete mess: a leaking roof, mold, and roaches.
This investigation into PCA comes after Minnesota officials found salmonella in an open tub of peanut butter manufactured by PCA. More information led to FDA finding PCA already had salmonella problems; however PCA continued to sell the products!
“They put the product on the shelf knowing that it had been infected, and I feel they should be responsible for the people they hurt.” Laura Minto, a mother of an infected 24 month old said recently.
The attorneys at the Atlanta law firm Childers & Schlueter, LLP are currently representing Laura Minto & her son in a suit against PCA.
As the criminal investigation into PCA continues, recalls of products that contain peanut butter or peanut paste continue. Check out FDA’s website for more information regarding recalls.
Symptoms of salmonella include Diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. If you or someone close to you has salmonella poisoning, you may want to contact the attorneys at Childers & Schlueter, LLP to see how they can help protect your legal rights.
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Hey Jessica, I pm'ed you this question but wanted to post it on your article as well in case anyone else had an opinion on the matter.What, in your opinion, were the major factors in the decision to make this a criminal case?What laws did PCA actually break and what proof would be needed to convict? Sure, they might of had tests that came back positive but secondary tests came back negative. What is the law there? I have read comments from lab officials saying that once a test comes back positive, good business practices suggests throwing the entire lot out but I haven't read anywhere that this is an actual law. I have heard allegations that the PCA was lab shopping but I haven't read that this is actually illegal and even if it were or is, I would imagine it would be extremely difficult to prove seeing as secondary tests seem to be legal.What is PCA's crime? If it is only that they knowingly shipped out tainted product, how can this be proved seeing as all 12 shipments had at least one clean bill of health from a lab?
The peanut Co. claiming that they didn't know the products were contaminated amounts to nothing but a bold faced lie. Of course, you can ALWAYS find someone who will support your position, even it that position is that the earth is flat, or that your peanuts which are contaminated are not. Given that fact, the company that is responsible for distributing these peanuts after they were notified of the contamination should be criminally prosecuted for the deaths and illnesses resulting from their willful disregard for human life in favor of greed. I would think this should fall under murder or at least manslaughter.
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