Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:06 PM
elleng (62,515 posts)
U.S. Indicts Peanut Processors in 2009 Salmonella Outbreak.
Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they brought criminal fraud and conspiracy charges against peanut company employees tied to a 2009 salmonella outbreak blamed for nine U.S. deaths.
The charges filed in U.S. District Court in Georgia on Wednesday included fraud, conspiracy and the introduction of adulterated and misbranded food into interstate commerce, according to court papers.
The contaminated peanut products forced one of the biggest recalls in U.S. history. Federal health officials said 700 people in 46 states were infected, with nine deaths.
Peanut Corp of America was liquidated after the outbreak and is no longer in business.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/02/21/us/21reuters-usa-crime-salmonella.html?hp&_r=0
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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:44 PM
1StrongBlackMan (25,060 posts)
5. Very Interesting ...
I think this is a template-building suit for the DoJ to go after Bank executives.
... participated in a scheme to ship what they knew were salmonella-contaminated peanuts and peanut products, misleading customers and putting them at risk.
That is the exact language that the DoJ used in describing the banks' actions in their settlements. But with the adding of "... he and three other company officials ..." in a criminal indictment, this may very well be a test case to determine where the rocks are, if the DoJ were to indict higher ups in the banking industry that did essentially the same thing "participated in a scheme to ship what they knew to be toxic mortgage products."
If this prosecution goes well, the next couple of months after this trial ought to be very interesting.