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Ex Peanut Exec Gets 28 Years for Salmonella Outbreak

Stewart Parnell apologized to victims

(Newser) - A former peanut company executive was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak, the stiffest punishment ever handed out to a producer in a foodborne illness case. The outbreak in 2008 and 2009 killed nine Americans and sickened hundreds more, and triggered... More »

Peanut Exec Could Get 803-Year Sentence Today

Parnell knowingly sold tainted peanut butter

(Newser) - Three words helped seal the prosecution's case against former peanut company boss Stewart Parnell—and they may send him to prison for the rest of his life. "Just ship it," wrote Parnell in 2007 to a plant manager worried about tainted products, CNN reports. A subsequent salmonella... More »

Scientists Create a Healthier Peanut

It's said to be more resistant to disease

(Newser) - If you've been puzzling over ways to get more oleic acid into your body, the USDA has just come through. In a joint venture with Oklahoma State University, the agency has released a brand-new peanut that's said to boast a richer flavor, health benefits, and resistance to crop... More »

Study: You Should Be Feeding Your Baby Peanuts

Study on infants a game changer, experts say

(Newser) - The steep rise in peanut allergies in recent years may have been caused by parents deciding not to feed their children peanuts, according to a new study that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says has "the potential to transform how we approach food... More »

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Peanut Allergy Cure

Study sees 80% of sufferers improved

(Newser) - As many as three million Americans may be allergic to peanuts, the Huffington Post has reported, with one study suggesting that the number of kids with the allergy doubled between 1997 and 2002. But those who are affected may have a reason to smile: A new study could point the... More »

What We Do to Peanuts Causes Allergies

Dry-roasted nuts trigger strong immune system response

(Newser) - People in East Asia eat just as many peanuts as people in North America and Europe but have much lower rates of peanut allergy; researchers believe they now know why. Scientists injected mice with proteins from peanuts that had been dry-roasted and from raw peanuts and found that the roasted... More »

Cops Investigate After Nut Placed in Allergic Kid's Drink

High school student in Sweden nearly suffocated

(Newser) - "Either the student who did this is completely stupid or it's attempted manslaughter." That quote from a high school principal in Sweden pretty much sums up the case of an allergic student who nearly suffocated when someone put a nut into her water, reports the Local . Authorities... More »

Peanut-Throwing Man Banned From Flying

He also had to forfeit his driver's license and passport

(Newser) - A Utah man may have gotten us that much closer to peanuts being banned on planes. Pogos Paul Sefilian is accused of throwing peanuts and pretzels at crew during a flight, and is now prohibited from flying on commercial airlines, reports Connect2Utah . He also allegedly refused to put away an... More »

DoT: Oops, We Can't Ban Peanuts on Planes

Allergy sufferers are out of luck

(Newser) - The Department of Transportation has been publicly considering banning or restricting the distribution of peanuts on airplanes, in deference to those with severe allergies. But when it issued its latest airline rules yesterday, it revealed that it literally couldn’t do anything—thanks to a 12-year-old law specifically preventing them... More »

Kids Freed from Peanut Allergies in British Trial

Gradual introduction successfully desensitizes sufferers

(Newser) - A pilot trial in Britain has shown success in desensitizing peanut allergies, giving scientists hope that a cure is in sight. In the pilot, 20 of 23 sufferers became able to eat 30 peanuts safely, after ingesting increasing doses of peanut flour over a year, freeing them from having to... More »

Peanut Plant Slapped With Record $14.6M Fine

Multiple safety violations found at plant linked to salmonella outbreak

(Newser) - A Texas peanut plant owned by the company blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak has been ordered to shell out $14.6 million for safety violations, AP reports. State officials levied the fine—the largest ever in Texas—for violations including unsanitary conditions, product contamination and operating without a license... More »

Obama's FDA Cracks Down on Food Industry

Sweeping pistachio recall rejects slow pace of peanut crisis

(Newser) - Under President Obama, the Food and Drug Administration is taking on a tougher, more preventative role, the New York Times reports, leading, for example, to product recalls before anyone’s been sickened. The change is evident in the agency’s handling of the pistachio scare: It warned against eating them... More »

Why This Bagel Is Becoming More Dangerous

Hint: hummus, sushi, and falafel often carry the same risk

(Newser) - If you often suffer a reaction soon after eating burgers or hummus, it might be time to get checked out for one of the fastest-growing allergies in the US: sesame seeds. Experts link the spike in allergies to the increasing popularity of sesame-rich foods like falafel and tahini—but the... More »

Salmonella Toll Hits 666 Sick— and Climbing

9 killed in outbreak; Peanut Corp cited in all 'clusters of infections'

(Newser) - Peanut-linked salmonella has sickened 666 people and counting, despite a massive food recall, Reuters reports. The illness has killed nine. “To date, 19 clusters of infections in five states have been reported in schools and other institutions,” said a health official. “King Nut brand peanut butter was... More »

Dead Rodents Trigger Recall at Texas Peanut Plant

(Newser) - Texas has ordered a recall of all products ever shipped from a Peanut Corp. of America plant in Plainview amid a nationwide salmonella outbreak. The order came from the Department of State Health Services, which says "dead rodents, rodent excrement, and bird feathers" were discovered yesterday in a crawl... More »

America Loves Her Creamiest Crop

Peanut butter isn't just a dietary staple here; it's a cultural icon

(Newser) - “What’s more sacred than peanut butter?” Sen. Tom Harkin asked last week while scolding the company responsible for the recent peanut-butter-driven salmonella outbreak. Brian Palmer takes a look at American's PB love affair in Slate, and finds that while peanuts have been eaten in the US for more... More »

Salmonella Scare Rattles Peanut County

Farmers report fewer contracts

(Newser) - A Georgia county that boasts a big peanut in its courthouse square is getting crunched by the salmonella outbreak, the Los Angeles Times reports. In Blakely-Early County, Ga.—the self-proclaimed "Peanut Capital of the World"—peanut plant workers are losing jobs and farmers are getting fewer contracts.... More »

Peanuts Known Tainted Supplied to School Program

Agency meant to ensure food safety bought contaminated nuts

(Newser) - 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... More »

Peanut Corp. Banned From Federal Work

Salmonella outbreak shows lack of integrity, honesty: USDA

(Newser) - The Peanut Corporation of America was barred today from government contracts for a year as the criminal investigation into a deadly salmonella outbreak sourced to its Georgia plant gathers steam, Reuters reports. “The company lacks business integrity and business honesty,” steamed a Department of Agriculture spokesman. The PCA’... More »

FEMA Emergency Kits May Contain Tainted Peanut Butter

People warned to throw out packets in salmonella scare

(Newser) - FEMA food kits given to storm victims in Arkansas and Kentucky may have contained peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, CNN reports. The kits came from a company hit by a nationwide recall following a salmonella outbreak. FEMA warns that anyone who received a meal kit should immediately throw away any... More »

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