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    Meet the owner of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), Stewart Parnell, who took the 5th before a Congressional hearing yesterday on the Salmonella outbreak:

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    ABC's Lynchburg/Washington Affiliate Channel 13 reports Parnell's internal emails that were recently released:

    Lynchburg, VA and Washington, DC - The Lynchburg man at the center of the nationwide salmonella outbreak appeared before Congress Wednesday. One thing seems perfectly clear— he did know the bacteria was in his products. The owner of Lynchburg-based Peanut Corporation of America might be done-in by his own words, but it won't be because of anything he said in Washington Wednesday.
    Stewart Parnell refused to speak to Congress. However, his emails say plenty. We spoke with Parnell on more than one occasion recently and he has told us the media has misrepresented his situation. That may be true to some extent, but it's hard to misrepresent this: emails released confirming he was aware of positive tests for salmonella.
    One email from June 2008 was in response to an employee who warned of a positive test for salmonella in a company product. Parnell's email read "I go thru this about once a week... I will hold my breath...... again." In an October email to the manager of his Georgia plant, Parnell writes that positive salmonella tests are -quote- "costing us huge $$$$." On January 12th, after more than 12 tests had shown salmonella contamination, Parnell emailed employees, saying: "We have never found any salmonella at all." Before Congress Wednesday Parnell had just one thing to say.

    "Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, on the advice of my counsel, I respectfully decline to answer your questions, based on the protection afforded me under the United States Constitution."
    The FDA's Recall list is now in excess of 2000 items. These items are all linked to PCA's Georgia plant. The number of items may be about to grow even larger, due to the discovery of salmonella in PCA's Plainview Texas plant.
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    He looks a little worried, doesn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra View Post
    He looks a little worried, doesn't he?
    The picture might have been snapped after Congressman Walden invited him to eat from a container of recalled peanut butter products.
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    Only comment I can think of is:

    The Keystone Kops grilling Lou Costello, with Bud Abbot as Lou's Lawyer . .

    When the bad peanut butter is all thrown out, and replaced with new on the store shelves, outside of a couple of tort lawyers becoming rich, who benefitted?

    Nothing much will change because while we may write law to keep mouse turds out of your peanut butter, there is no one to look and see if that's actually the case.

    Re: SEC and the Bernie Madoff hearings in the House. The SEC people testified (unwittingly, it seemed) to not knowing, or having time or accss to Madoff's scheme, even after being notified or warned several times. It appeared that they were (and are) totally overwhelmed by the enormity and lack of total understanding of what they were enforcing. Kinda the same deal during the Enron hearings about "Derivitives" . . They were totally in the dark on that one . . .

    As far as the mouse turds, think of it as "used protein", or don't think about it at all . . .
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    After reading and participating in the Forum since the beginning I do not believe I have read the words "mouse turds" and "used protein" in the same sentence before. I don't think I will be having a PB,MT&J sandwich any time soon.

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    Is it the idea of what you have eaten . . . or . . .

    What you have YET to eat . .

    That bothers you?

    Heheheheheheh . . .

    Kinda like the old axiom about making sausage . . "You don't want to be there when it happens . . . and you don't EVEN want to know what went into it!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra View Post
    He looks a little worried, doesn't he?
    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Swelk View Post
    After reading and participating in the Forum since the beginning I do not believe I have read the words "mouse turds" and "used protein" in the same sentence before. I don't think I will be having a PB,MT&J sandwich any time soon.
    My point of view: If the protein in my PB comes from mouse turds, let it be in one sentence but not in one month.

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    Has any of you ever been to a peanut processing plant? Like in Clovis, NM or Plainview, or Lubbock, Texas? They gots piles and piles of Raw Peanuts outside . . . and piles and piles of roasted and salted in the shell inside, and then they got piles of shelled peanuts, of several kinds, in big bins . .

    And . . They have all kinds of critters that like peanuts, trying to get to them . .

    But, basically Peanuts are no different than shelled corn, or wheat, or barley . . or . . . They're just a little "fatter", which will support more bacteria, longer . . .

    Heh, heh, NOBODY ever thinks about the processed food they buy and consume, simply because Somebody else told us that it was SAFE . . .

    Who guaranteed that? George Dubya Bush? Barack Obama? Someone else? Back to those people watching out for the likes of Bernie Madoff. Bernie was a large pinhead in a great big box of pins . . so was the peanut factory in Georgia . .
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    This thread brings to mind the Upton Sinclair novel " The Jungle" -- a muckraking expose of the meat packing business in Chicago which led to much of the regulation of the meat packing industry, pure food & drug acts etc. Sinclair an old world Socialist would have fit in really well in this current era with the rebirth of biased yellow journalism and reporters ferreting out miscreants to bring forth to bash as examples of unprincipled capitalism run amok. It will not be long before public stockades will be in every square and we will have the local businesses leader in shackles and branded with a scarlet letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra View Post
    He looks a little worried, doesn't he?
    It is murder, people died while eating his product which he knew was tainted and he said, I will hold my breath? He will hold much more very soon. No excuse for killing people.
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