Epic Salmonella Outbreak Could Result in Life in Prison for One Executive

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There’s been an increasing crackdown on food safety this year. Most recently with an unprecedented ruling that could end with one executive facing life in prison — a first for a food safety crime.

Stewart Parnell, former owner of the Peanut Corporation of America, sits behind one of the most epic food illness outbreaks in history. In 2007 Parnell ordered workers to ship peanut butter he knew contained salmonella, causing a widespread outbreak that lasted nearly two years, killing nine, and sickening over 700. It’s an unprecedented case, with an equally unprecedented sentence that could have Parnell spending his days behind bars.