Today, federal prosecutors are alleging that key executives had knowledge that these peanuts were tainted with salmonella and released them anyways, endangering the lives of their customers. This serious allegation includes charges of fraud and conspiracy. If federal prosecutors are successful in their case, executives of the former Peanut Corp of America will face jail time. Of the 5 executives charged, one has already pled guilty. The rest await trial.
The Danger for Consumer Injury
If the executives of Peanut Corp America knowingly released salmonella infected peanuts into the food supply, as the US Justice Dept claims, then there was a high potential for consumer injury. When people eat products tainted with salmonella, they become infected with the bacteria and are at great risk for the following injuries:
- nausea, vomiting
- organ damage
- liver damage
- joint pains
- painful urination
- chronic carthritis
Salmonella poisoning can sound like no big deal, but knowingly infecting people with salmonella tainted products means the executives knowingly risked people's health and even death. Salmonella may sound harmless, but it can be deadly.
If you have become ill or have lost a loved one due to salmonella tainted products, you should contact a skilled product liability attorney today. Protect your rights and consult a skilled product liability attorney to determine whether or not you can be compensated for these injuries.