Friday, February 20, 2009

Peanut Corporation of America Doesn't Get It

February 20, 2009

After contributing to the death of nine innocent victims -

After sickening at least 654 unsuspecting consumers, and sending approximately 150 of them to hospital -

After being on the receiving end of several lawsuits from outbreak victims -

After being dumped by its insurance company -

After being forced to face a Congressional SubCommittee -

After declaring the company insolvent and filing a bankruptcy petition -

Stewart Parnell and Peanut Corporation of America still don't get it.

Today, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced that – having received no response from the company to its recall order – the State was taking over the recall of products shipped from PCA's Plainview facility. 

Texas issued the recall order on February 12th after finding dead rodents, rodent excrement and bird featers in a crawl space above a production area during an in-depth inspection of the Plainview peanut plant.

A number of companies reacted to the state's February 12th recall order without waiting to hear from PCA. But others have not – expecting, no doubt, to be notified by PCA that they had been shipped peanut products that now are subject to recall. Now the wait is over.

Texas has begun to notify manufacturers, distributors and retailers believed to have received products from PCA in 2008 that a recall has been initiated. The DSHS is reviewing company records to find additional customer lists from prior years.

The state has notified Peanut Corporation of America of its decision, and has informed the company that it will be billed for the cost of the recall.

This action taken by Texas illustrates the benefit of mandatory recall authority. Had the state not been equipped with this authority, it would have been necessary to take court action in order to force the recall – causing still more delays, and needlessly exposing consumers in the United States and elsewhere to possibly hazardous food products.

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