Peanut Corporation of America’s president Stewart Parnell was recently subpoenaed to appear at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing. Mr. Parnell refused to testify and invoked his 5th Amendment right to refuse to incriminate himself, as did the manager of the PCA plant in Blakely, Georgia. The Georgia plant is a target in the current investigation of PCA’s role in the salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products.
The salmonella outbreak that has sickened some 600 people, may be linked to nine deaths and resulted in one of the largest product recalls of more than 1,900 items. Of interest to our readers, the congressional committee was shown internal emails at the hearing that were obtained from the company.
The emails and other related documents are available on the House Committee’s website. The documents are interesting to read and really give you an insight on PCA’s corporate indifference to the salmonella outbreak. Click on the highlighted text to go to the House Committee’s website and view these documents for yourself!