You know what I think of? Cheap protein. I was a struggling single mom for many of the years my kids were small. I was a huge fan of any form of cheap protein. I could fix the kids a peanut butter and jam sandwich on whole wheat bread, and feel good about what they were eating.
Now, not so much.
Peanut Corp. President Refuses to Testify to Congress, reads the headline.
Washington — Peanut Corp. of America knew of salmonella contamination within its Blakely plant even while federal officials were tracking the national salmonella outbreak, but apparently put profits ahead of public safety, according to documents and testimony presented at a congressional subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
They KNEW there was salmonella at the plant. They KNEW! And yet, they still sent it out.
What? Did they think salmonella is a hit-or-miss sort of thing? That nobody would notice? That all the little salmo's and nella's were just going to die of old age before the stuff got put in something that actually gets eaten?
I am livid! Do you know what kids get at school if they forget their lunches or lunch money? A peanut butter sandwich! Do you know what old people buy, because they can no longer afford steak, and tuna has mercury? Peanut butter!
I am so angry, I'm sputtering!
• In one e-mail, Lightsey wrote Parnell discussing positive salmonella tests on its products, but Parnell gave instructions to nonetheless “turn them loose” after getting a negative test result from another testing company, according to testimony.
• In another e-mail, Parnell expressed his concerns over losing “$$$$$$” due to delays in shipment and costs of testing.
• Parnell in another company-wide e-mail told employees there was no salmonella in its plants, instead accusing the news media of “looking for a news story where there currently isn’t one.”
...And Stewart Parnell and Sammy Lightsey, the president of the corporation and manager of the contaminated plant, respectively, have the BALLS to stand before Congress and invoke their Fifth Amendment Rights!
This is like an attack deliberately launched on the poor, the elders and the children, all in the name of profit. And these guys get to WALK???????????????
I don't think so!
Death toll: 9, currently.
Ill: over 600.
If either of these guys happened to be a Moslem, thousands would be screaming, "TERRORISM!" from the rooftops!