The food industry’s self-policing system failed to catch poor conditions at a peanut processing plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak, lawmakers said Thursday. The House Energy and Commerce investigations subcommittee released new documents and pictures Thursday that attested to long-standing sanitary problems at facilities owned by Lynchburg, Va.-based Peanut Corp. of America. The company is at the center of a nationwide outbreak that has sickened nearly 700 people and is being blamed for at least nine deaths.
Keys: operations management, ethical and legal issues, government
Questions for discussion:
- Do you think government agencies or the businesses in an industry should be responsible for the control of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s food supply?
- What would you suggest is a better approach than the current system?
- Should the business people involved at Peanut Corp. be held legally accountable for damages caused by their business practices?