Oh boy. The latest news is enough to make my peanut-butter-loving blood boil.
The company that caused the Great Peanut Butter Scare of 2009--including 8 deaths and 501 trips to the hospital--knew they were sending out salmonella laced products. The Food and Drug Administration says the guilty party, Peanut Butter Corporation of America, found bacterial contamination in their foods in 2007 and 2008.
PCA knew about salmonella in their peanut butter and paste, and they shipped it out for consumer use anyway.
Consumers, meaning me, my kids, my elderly grandmother and millions of other people who do not need or deserve to get sick or die--from peanut butter.
According to USAToday, the FDA found 12 recorded instances in which PCA knew there was salmonella in their products. PCA did not clean their plant after the findings. They simply sent their nasty, bacterial-laced peanut butter to millions of men, women and children.
Children have been hit the hardest, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than half the people who got sick were younger than 16, and 21 percent are under 5. The contaminated peanut butter was sold in bulk to institutions, and it has been used as an ingredient in common snack foods. For the most up-to-date list of recalls, check the FDA website.
PCA in Blakely, Georgia, better be bracing themselves for legal trouble. And they better be thanking their lucky walnuts that they don't live in China. In the last week, two Chinese men responsible for melamine-tainted milk scandal that killed six kids and sickened thousands more got the death penalty.
Isn't this horrible? How should this company be punished?