McGuireWoods partner, and foodborne illness litigation practice group
co-chair, Jim Neale
is quoted by The Wall Street Journal on the proposed life sentence for
Stewart Parnell, former head of Peanut Corp. of America. The July 23 article,
Executive Faces Possible Life Sentence in Salmonella Case,” details the
verdict against Parnell, who was found guilty on 71 counts for failing to
disclose salmonella contamination of Peanut Corp.’s products. The contamination
caused in nine deaths and 700 illnesses throughout 2008-2009.
In the wake of the proposed sentence by federal officials, Neale calls the
recommendation “absolutely shocking.” In 24 years, the longest prison sentence
associated with food companies or executives has been three months.