The peanut firm behind the recent salmonella outbreak sold 32 truckloads of peanuts and peanut butter to a federal lunch program for poor children even after internal tests revealed that they were contaminated with the bacteria, the Washington Post reports. Schools in California, Minnesota, and Idaho received the food in 2007. Though the agriculture department isn’t aware of any illnesses in the free-lunch program, around the country 8 people died and 575 were sickened.
“This company had no conscience in its production practices, sales and distribution," says Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate agriculture committee. "That they would knowingly ship products tainted with salmonella to our nation's children almost defies belief.”