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A Handbook of Food CrimeImmoral and Illegal Practices in the Food Industry and What to Do About Them$
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Allison Gray and Ronald Hinch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336013

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336013.001.0001

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Mass Salmonella poisoning by the Peanut Corporation of America: Lessons in state-corporate food crime

Mass Salmonella poisoning by the Peanut Corporation of America: Lessons in state-corporate food crime

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(p.175) 11 Mass Salmonella poisoning by the Peanut Corporation of America: Lessons in state-corporate food crime
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A Handbook of Food Crime
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Paul Leighton

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336013.003.0012

In 2008-9, the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) caused a salmonella outbreak that killed nine, hospitalised hundreds and lead to the recall of 4,000 products. It first provides an overview of salmonella in peanuts and its use in bioterrorism, along with the investigative process done by public health officials to identify a contamination source. A second section describes the conditions at PCA’s facilities, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act law on adulterated and misbranded food, and the 70 count indictment against PCA’s leadership. A third section discusses state-corporate crime, which examines corporate crime in the context of the failures of regulatory oversight and capable guardians. The conclusion argues against a triumphalist interpretation where justice and reform prevail in spite of a prison sentence for the CEO and the subsequent passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Keywords:   white collar crime, state-corporate crime, Peanut Corporation of America, salmonella, Food and Drug Administration

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