Seeking Victims in the Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Tainted Product Case
Seeking Victims in the
Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)
Salmonella-Tainted Product Case
Federal grand jury indictments were returned on individuals representing the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)—a peanut processing plant located in Blakely, Georgia—charging them with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, adulteration and misbranding of food, and obstruction.
The allegations contained in those indictments assert that those individuals, representing PCA, participated in several schemes by which they and others defrauded PCA customers about the quality and purity of their peanut products. In particular, the charging documents allege that these individuals misled PCA customers about the existence of foodborne pathogens, most notably salmonella, in the peanut products PCA sold to them.
As background, in January 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations and the FBI opened a probe into the Georgia-based company, which the agencies said shipped tainted peanut products that it knew had tested positive for the salmonella bacteria. This came after that company’s product had been linked to a nationwide outbreak of salmonella poisoning.
How to provide information
Individuals who feel that they may have been affected or who became ill by possible tainted products from PCA and businesses that purchased products that were recalled as a result of the outbreak should fill out this questionnaire: https://forms.fbi.gov/pca-salmonella-tainted-product-case
Your questionnaire is confidential. The FBI will need your contact information so we can keep you informed of potential progress in any federal investigation that may develop as deemed appropriate, as well as provide you updated information regarding your rights in this matter. If it is determined you are not a potential victim, you will be removed from the FBI’s victim notification system.
If we determine that you are a victim, we will be in touch with you. Please note: due to the number of expected responses, you may not hear back from us for several weeks.
“The FBI understands the devastating financial, emotional, and physical impact that fraud can have in the lives of individuals and families,” says Kathryn Turman, director of our Office for Victim Assistance. “We see it every day. Even in these large-scale cases, the victims and their losses are not just numbers to us. Even when we cannot restore lost funds, we can usually provide help, hope, and support as we also work to bring to justice the perpetrators who are suspected of inflicting the damage.”
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