Ex-Peanut Exec Faces Life Sentence For Salmonella Outbreak
Federal court officers recommended a prison sentence for a former peanut company exec that even the opposing attorney thought was too harsh.By Leah Becerra | July 23, 2015
If federal court officers have their way, Peanut Corporation of America's former owner Stewart Parnell could be getting life in prison.
In September 2014, he was convicted of knowingly selling massive amounts of salmonella infected peanut butter to food processors. That conviction stemmed from one of the largest food recalls in the country's history that lasted from 2008 through 2009. (Video via C-SPAN)
The Justice Department wrote, "Expert evidence at trial showed that tainted food led to an outbreak in 2009 with more than 700 reported cases of salmonella poisoning."