Peanut execs won't say if they eat their own products
Peanut Co. owner urged shipping tainted productsExecutives for Peanut Corporation of America refused to testify before a Congressional panel today. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, asked owner Stewart Parnell if he would be willing to eat his own products.
"This container is full of products that less than a month ago, people were consuming thinking it was fine to eat," asked Walden while holding up a container of Peanut Corporation products. "And one of the things I'm going to do today is ask Mr. Parnell from Peanut Corporation of America if he'd like to open this and sample some of the products that he didn't think were a problem to send out to the rest of us to eat."
Parnell refused to testify, invoking his right not to incriminate himself.
The Congressional Panel also reviewed emails showing Parnell urged workers to ship peanut products even after test results indicated salmonella contamination. The emails suggested that Parnell was more concerned about sales revenue.
"The company e-mails obtained by a House committee show Peanut Corp. of America owner Stewart Parnell ordered the shipments tainted with the bacteria because he was worried about lost sales," the AP reports.
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