Peanut Recall One Year Later

January 31, 2010

It’s been a year since the Peanut Corporation of America recall that involved what seemed like every peanut-containing food sold in America. The Atlanta Journal Constitution just published a long article documenting what’s occurred since, both in terms of regulations and criminal prosecutions.

The regulatory side has been largely disappointing, while the criminal side has been infuriating: despite widespread sicknesses and nine deaths, the state of Georgia declined to prosecute the company’s top management and the feds have apparently done nothing. The article quotes Bill Marler, America’s most prominent food safety attorney:

In 17 years of litigating every major food-borne illness outbreak in the U.S., I have not seen a clearer situation that demanded criminal prosecution.

In hindsight, I was clearly too optimistic last year that this recall would lead to quick and comprehensive food safety reform. Last time I make that mistake. (Via Starkman.) Link.

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