‘Easy to think, “That could never happen at my company,”’ - DOJ official

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Food

PCA products were tied to a Salmonella outbreak which led to over 700 infections and nine deaths
PCA products were tied to a Salmonella outbreak which led to over 700 infections and nine deaths
It is easy to hear allegations such as those in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Salmonella outbreak and dismiss them as an anomaly but even a tiny minority can cause grave harm, according to a US Department of Justice (DOJ) official.

It is easy to think, “That could never happen at my company” and “That could never be me” and in many ways it is right, said Stuart Delery, during a speech at the American Food Manufacturing and Safety Summit.

“The overwhelming majority of people in the food manufacturing business do the right thing, day in and day out, diligently working to ensure that the processes they use are appropriate and the products they sell are safe,” ​said the lawyer for the Federal Government. 

“But in an industry that occupies a critical position of public trust, even a tiny minority can cause grave harm. Even a single decision to cut corners can have deadly consequences.

“The criminal prosecutions we bring should stand as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of disregarding danger to one’s customers in the name of getting a shipment out on time – of sacrificing what is right for what is expedient.”

PCA products were tied to a Salmonella outbreak that led to over 700 reported infections and nine deaths, according to the CDC. 

Speaking to an audience of food safety professionals and manufacturers, he said: As parents, we can make sure that our kids look both ways before they cross street. We can buckle their seat belts when we’re in the car and make sure they wear helmets when they ride their bikes.   

“But we have to rely on you – on the companies who manufacture and distribute food – to ensure that the food we buy for our children is safe. That is not something we can do on our own.”

Related topics: Food safety and labeling

Related news

Related products

show more

Our supply chain delivers your climate goals.

Our supply chain delivers your climate goals.

ADM | 25-Oct-2022 | Product Brochure

We put food on tables the world over. So, we’re investing in building a more sustainable supply chain. Our supply chain starts with regenerative agriculture...

Preserve Food & Beverage with Nature-Based Solutions

Preserve Food & Beverage with Nature-Based Solutions

Blue California | 22-Aug-2022 | Technical / White Paper

Blue California has a range of nature-based preservation solutions that can help inspire the world with clean, nutritious, and delicious food across product...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars