Just after the year anniversary of peanut company PCA knowingly selling salmonella tainted food another company is caught.
The Washington Post is reporting that the managers at Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas knowingly shipped salmonella tainted food.
Managers at Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas learned on Jan. 21 that
samples taken a week earlier from their Nevada facility tested positive
for salmonella, a potentially deadly bacterium, but they kept shipping
their product to foodmakers, according to FDA inspection records…
The contamination is believed to date to September 2009, meaning
millions of pounds of potentially tainted HVP — all of which the
company has recalled — was shipped in bulk to foodmakers over five
months. Many of those companies then sold their products to other
clients, complicating the distribution chain and making it hard for
federal officials to gauge the scope of the problem.
Not only does this bring more attention to the need to modernize the FDA buy giving the agency the power to order recalls and properly inspect facilities but also reminds us of PCA. Whatever, happened to Mr. Parnell and his actions that killed 8 people and sickened hundreds?
Food Safety News did a great article about where the investigation is now:
However, many signs indicate the criminal case has stalled. Ranking Congressmen who demanded justice for the Salmonella victims during the House Congressional hearing in February have been locked out of the investigation. The press offices of Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-CA), Bart Stupak (D-MI), and Greg Walden (R-OR) told Food Safety News that their offices have received no updates since the initial hearing last February.Moreover, W. William Gust, one of Mr. Parnell’s attorneys, recently told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that investigators have not contacted Parnell in about six months.
Wow. One of the biggest food poisoning scares in our history leads to deaths, hundreds sick, and tremendous amounts of public outcry resulting in zero criminal charges and absolutely no changes in our food safety system. Maybe it is time to call your Senator and demand that they call S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, to the floor and vote already.