The largest fine ever handed out in a U.S. food safety case was given to ConAgra after entering a plea deal after shipping adulterated food. Hundreds of Americans became sick a decade ago, after eating Peter Pan peanut butter that was contaminated with salmonella. A District Court judge approved an $8 million fine and $3.2 million in cash forfeitures. This case has been ongoing for a decade after 625 people were sickened in 47 different states after consuming Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter. The company issued a recall in 2007. However, the recall included peanut butter sold since 2004 and most had already been consumed. A plant in Georgia where the peanut butter had been produced had tested positive for salmonella twice and the company continued to make shipments from this location.
This is a wakeup call for companies whose products are contaminated or defective. Companies, manufacturers, and retailers are responsible for designing, producing and selling safe and reliable products to consumers. In this case, if you happen to become sick after eating a food product and seek medical care, it is wise to ask for a salmonella test or other testing to determine what is causing your symptoms. This will aid in any legal investigations against the company in question. Always contact a product liability attorney if you or a loved one has been injured or sickened due to a faulty product. An experienced attorney will investigate your claims and determine if you have grounds to pursue legal action.
The product liability attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, are dedicated to helping those who have suffered injuries. We understand how difficult injuries and medical bills can be and work diligently to help our clients reach a maximum settlement. Contact our downtown St. Louis office today if you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a faulty or defective product. We offer free no-obligation consultations and will help you get the care and compensation you deserve.