The owner of the company at the center of salmonella outbreak controversy pleads the 5th before Congress.
WiredPRNews.com – Stewart Parnell, the owner of the Peanut Corporation of America, refused to testify before Congress on Wednesday concerning the company’s release of contaminated products. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Parnell pleaded the 5th after being summoned by lawmakers to answer questions at Wednesday’s hearing. Parnell is quoted in the AP report as having stated repeatedly, “Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, on advice of my counsel, I respectfully decline to answer your questions based on the protections afforded me under the U.S. Constitution.”
Products manufactured by the Peanut Corp. of America have allegedly led to the sickness of an estimated 600 people and possibly the deaths of nine. Parnell purportedly instructed the release of products that were found to be contaminated with salmonella, despite being fully aware that the products were tainted. As noted by the AP, a federal criminal investigation is set to begin.