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Company May Be Subjected to Criminal Charges Related to Peanut Butter Recall

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Erin King2 years ago

After an 8-year investigation tied to a salmonella outbreak, ConAgra Foods Inc. is likely to face criminal charges related to a recall of the company’s peanut butter products in 2007.

Details of the Salmonella Contamination

According to NBC News Online, the U.S government has recently completed its investigation into the 2007 salmonella outbreak tied to ConAgra Foods Inc.’s Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter products.  As a result of the evidence and findings in the 8-year long investigation, the company is likely to face a criminal charge for the incident.

A spokeswoman for the company, Teresa Paulsen, declined to comment but the company previously has said it was negotiating an end to the investigation that would most likely include a misdemeanor charge of shipping tainted products.

Earlier this year, two former Iowa egg industry executives were sentenced to months in jail and last year, two Colorado cantaloupe farmers were convicted and received probation in a deadly 2011 listeria outbreak. Following a similar pattern, the former owner of Peanut Corporation of America was convicted in a 2008 salmonella outbreak as well.

ConAgra recalled all of its peanut butter products in 2007 following the deadly outbreak that sickened at least 625 people in 47 states. The peanut butter was produced at ConAgra's Sylvester, Georgia, plant.

About Salmonella Contamination

The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • It is estimated that Salmonella infections cause one million illnesses in the United States every year.
  • On average, these illnesses will result in 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
  • Normally, Salmonella-related illness will resolve itself in four to seven days; however, severe cases can be fatal. Children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune symptoms are most at risk.


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