Unprecedented Life Sentence Recommended for Peanut Executive

Stewart Parnell, the former owner of the Peanut Corporation of America may face a life-time term in jail after he was convicted for knowingly shipping salmonella-infected peanut butter from one of the company’s plants.

Parnell’s conviction included counts of fraud, obstruction and conspiracy. Reportedly, this is the first food-safety related conviction of its kind, make it it a precedent-setting case.

Following the outbreak in 2008 and 2009, nine people died, and more than 700 people fell ill.

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