The salmonella outbreak related to the Peanut Corporation of America’s products resulted in nine deaths and hundreds hospitalized. According to industry estimates, the peanut industry suffered $1 billion in losses from consumers avoiding peanut products. Recently, two executives were sentenced to 20+ year jail terms and the QA manager was sentenced to a 5 year jail term. These criminal convictions are the first of their kind for a food poisoning outbreak. Join us as we discuss lessons learned from the PCA case and what you can do to prevent a similar situation from occurring in your organization.
- As outlined in the Park Doctrine, if a food company executive or manager is aware of a circumstance that could lead to an illness and fails to take action to correct it, he or she can be charged criminally
- In order to better prepare for FDA inspections, companies should utilize Criminal Protection Audits and Attorney/Client environmental profiling
- Food industry employees can protect themselves against criminal liability by acting based on the 3 Cs of a food safety culture: compassion, commitment, and communication
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