Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Salmonella Capitalism

The free-market fundamentalism that created the conditions of this situation is what Republicans stand and fight for:

Peanut Company Shuts Second Plant
Salmonella Found at Its Texas Facility
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 11, 2009; Page A02

A second peanut-processing plant owned by the company at the heart of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella-related illness has been shut down after Texas authorities discovered the bacteria in products there.

Late yesterday, Congress issued a subpoena to compel Stewart Parnell, president of Peanut Corporation of America, to appear this morning at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Parnell, 54, of Lynchburg, Va., has stayed out of public view since investigators first traced the contamination to his family-owned company in early January.

Peanut Corporation owns three peanut-processing plants, in Georgia, Texas and Virginia.

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