Salmonella Contamination Case Main Convict Jailed for Lifetime

Salmonella Contamination Case Sees Main Convict Jailed for Lifetime

A senior executive of Peanut Corporation of America will be jailed to life term in the Salmonella Case that killed nine persons. A final hearing in the case was scheduled on Monday.

Family members of those who died after consuming the contaminated food have written to the US court demanding a heavy monetary penalty on the company.

The case was scheduled in the U.S. District Court in southwest Georgia and convict Stewart Parnell, 61, was to be awarded the life term. Earlier, two co-defendants were convicted on charges of a salmonella outbreak that left 714 persons unwell and killed nine, last year.

The salmonella outbreak, remembered as one of the deadliest in the country saw a huge food recall. It led to a loss of about $144 million.

Judge W. Louis Sands announced that Parnell will have to spend up to 803 years in federal prison. He will be accompanied by his brother, Michael Parnell, and the quality control manager, Mary Wilkerson.

Parnell was convicted in September 2014. Charges of consciously transporting contaminated peanut butter from his plant in Blakely, Georgia to various leading customers were imposed on him.

One of the recipients of the salmonella-laden product was Kellogg’s. Parnell and his brother, however, did not end the “ill-practice” and allegedly went to tamper with the lab tests that were performed to ascertain salmonella presence in the samples.

“We need to send a message to these food manufacturers. No one else should have to go through what we did, watching my mother die,” said Napier of Durham, North Carolina.