Peanut Executive Gets 28 Years in Prison for Salmonella Outbreak

September 21, 2015

Stewart Parnell was deemed responsible for illnesses that affected hundreds of Americans.

Steven Parnell, the former owner of Peanut Corporation of America who was found guilty of causing a massive, deadly salmonella outbreak, is going to jail. A federal judge in Georgia sentenced Parnell to 28 years in prison on Monday, writes the Associated Press, handing down what seems to be the stiffest penalty on record related to foodborne illness.

Parnell and two co-defendants were found to have knowingly shipped peanut butter that was tainted with salmonella, in addition to tampering with lab tests. The result of their actions was a…