CEO of Peanut Company refuses to testify – Are we surprised?

mr-peanutStewart Parnell, CEO of the Peanut Corp of America, is pleading the 5th Amendment and refusing to talk before a House Subcommittee. His plant manager, Sammy Lightsey is also pleading the 5th.

WASHINGTON – The owner of a peanut company refused to testify to Congress on Wednesday amid the disclosure that he urged his workers to ship bacteria-tainted products, pleading with federal health officials that he should be able “turn the raw peanuts on the floor into money.”

Stewart Parnell, owner of Peanut Corp. of America, repeatedly invoked his right not to incriminate himself before the House subcommittee holding a hearing on a national salmonella outbreak blamed on his company. The outbreak has sickened some 600 people, may be linked to nine deaths — the latest reported in Ohio on Wednesday — and has resulted in one of the largest product recalls of more 1,800 items.

These guys knowingly shipped out a tainted product and consequently killing people…to save money?! But, since Karl Rove assumes a free pass on testifying before Congress, along with Harriett Meyers and Josh Bolton, one can see how tempting it would be to follow suit.

FruitFlyIt’s time Congress simply round up all of these criminals, lock ’em up and drop the keys in Davy Jones’ locker.

If you need, the Salmonella Blog lists all of the recalled lot numbers from the Peanut Corp of America. Grab your Skippy jars and go have a look!