Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ConAgra pays record fine

ConAgra is paying a record fine of $8 million for its part in a peanut food-poisoning scandal in early 2007.

Salmonella sickened at least 625 people in 47 states who ate Peter Pan brand peanut butter produced at a plant in Sylvester, Georgia.

ConAgra’s total bill to settle the criminal case is $11.5 million, not counting how much it paid lawyers and consultants.

In 2014, brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell were sent to prison for running an abysmally rotten peanut-processing plant in Georgia.

Peanut Corp. marketed tainted peanuts across North America. It’s not clear in the reports from the Atlanta court where ConAgra’s settlement was approved this week whether peanuts for its products came from the Parnell brothers’ Peanut Corp.