Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Scuzzbucket without a soul


Rich McKay/rmckay@ajc.com

Stewart Parnell, CEO of Peanut Corporation of America. A man apparently without a soul refused to testify for Congress about his complete disregard for human beings.

Invoking his fifth amendment rights Parnell, along with the plant manager from the Blakely plant, Sammy Lightsey, (below) were dimissed from the hearing, and quickly left a House office building refusing to speak to reporters or others.


Rich McKay/rmckay@ajc.com
Sammy Lightsey, plant manager of the Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely plant, listens to questioning.


From ajc dot com:

E-mails between Parnell and Lightsey, manager of the company’s Blakely plant, were released as part of the hearing opened by U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, chairman of a House subcommittee on oversight and investigation.

• In one e-mail, Lightsey wrote Parnell discussing positive salmonella tests on its products, but Parnell gave instructions to nonetheless “turn them loose” after getting a negative test result from another testing company, according to testimony.

• In another e-mail, Parnell expressed his concerns over losing “$$$$$$” due to delays in shipment and costs of testing.

• Parnell in another company-wide e-mail told employees there was no salmonella in its plants, instead accusing the news media of “looking for a news story where there currently isn’t one.”

Even in the heat of the nationwide outbreak that has killed nine people and sickened hundreds more, Parnell seemed more worried about his company’s profits than with food safety, according to regulators and congressional investigators.

On Jan. 19, Parnell sent an email to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, pleading with the agency to let it stay in business.

He wrote that company executives “desperately at least need to turn the raw peanuts on our floor into money.”


Because of their greed and lack of ethics, nine people have died because of their outrageous actions.

Rot in hell, boys.

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