ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle peanut butter salmonella criminal case

By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, GA (AP) — ConAgra Foods has agreed to pay $11.2 million in criminal fines and forfeitures to settle a charge that the company shipped salmonella-tainted Peter Pan peanut butter from its Georgia plant more than eight years ago.

Documents outlining a plea deal with federal prosecutors were filed Wednesday in US District Court in Georgia. ConAgra agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of shipping adulterated food, a misdemeanor, and pay $8 million in fines plus $3.2 million in forfeitures.

ConAgra was charged as a company. No executives were charged.

In 2007, a salmonella outbreak linked to the company’s Sylvester, GA, plant that produces Peter Pan peanut butter was blamed for sickening at least 625 people in 47 states. The Omaha, NE, based company recalled all of its peanut butter.

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