Peanut Corp. Banned From Federal Work

Salmonella outbreak shows lack of integrity, honesty: USDA
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2009 12:05 PM CST
Peanut Corp. Banned From Federal Work
Peanut Corporation of America is operated from offices behind the home of its president, Stewart Parnell. He was kicked off a USDA advisory board today.   (AP Photo)

The Peanut Corporation of America was barred today from government contracts for a year as the criminal investigation into a deadly salmonella outbreak sourced to its Georgia plant gathers steam, Reuters reports. “The company lacks business integrity and business honesty,” steamed a Department of Agriculture spokesman. The PCA’s chief was also booted today from a USDA advisory board on peanut quality and handling standards. (More Peanut Corporation of America stories.)

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