Friday, February 13, 2009
King Nut pleads the 5th
"We suspect the salmonella could have been introduced by cross-contamination after the tub was opened," Parnell claimed. The e-mail, which was obtained by congressional investigators probing PCA, was sent by Parnell to prepare company managers for press inquiries. "Media have the power to turn this open container misunderstanding into a disaster for this company's good name if we handle this wrong," wrote the 54-year-old Parnell. PCA's products, he added, "are well-tested and safe; we are not the cause of this food-sickness outbreak." Federal agents this week raided PCA locations as part of a criminal probe of the firm, which allegedly shipped products even after salmonella was discovered in its peanut stock.