Click hear to read the statement from attorneys for Peanut Corp's president, Stewart Parnell.
Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP's
team of attorneys is disappointed that the Government has decided, after
four years, to pursue an indictment against Stewart Parnell on charges
stemming from the operation of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) in
connection with the salmonella outbreak of 2008.
At this point, we will evaluate the charges that have been filed
against Mr. Parnell and will prepare for a vigorous defense. There is
little doubt that as the facts in this case are revealed, it will become
apparent that the FDA was in regular contact with PCA about its food
handling policy and was well aware of its salmonella testing protocols.
Representatives of State and Federal agencies made regular visits to
the PCA facility in Georgia over the years and months prior to the
salmonella outbreak and such agencies were aware of and made no
objections to the testing policies or protocols in place.
While Mr. Parnell and others associated with PCA have to date
remained silent on the circumstances surrounding the Government's
salmonella investigation, as this matter progresses it will become clear
that Mr. Parnell never intentionally shipped or intentionally caused to
be shipped any tainted food products capable of harming PCA's