Four former Peanut Corporation of America
officials were indicted for allegedly shipping salmonella-contained products to
their customers and authorities are seeking victims to come forward.
According to reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation
and the Food and Drug Administration opened an investigation in 2009 into the
company's activity after a national salmonella outbreak was traced back to PCA.
The investigation found PCA officials knowingly shipped products to customers,
which contained salmonella, and went so far as to fabricate laboratory tests to
do so, according to the FBI.
The PCA plant located in Blankley, Georgia, roasted raw peanuts and turned them into granulated peanuts, peanut butter and peanut paste. These products would then be sold to family-owned operations and global food companies alike.
According to an article published in the New York Times, the
indictment said that Stewart Parnell and three other people, two of them
employees and one of them a broker associated with the company, misled
customers about the quality of the company's peanut products.
Authorities are now seeking victims in the salmonella-tainted peanut products case. Individuals who feel they may have been affected by or become ill due to a tainted PCA product or products and business that purchased products that were recalled, are asked to fill out a questionnaire.