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Former PCA President, Stewart Parnell, Back in the Business

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Associated Press - September 8, 2010 9:15 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that the peanut industry executive whose filthy processing plants were blamed in a salmonella outbreak two years ago that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more is back in the business.

Stewart Parnell, the former president of the now-bankrupt Peanut Corp. of America in Lynchburg, Va., is working as a consultant to peanut companies as the federal government's criminal investigation against him has languished for more than 18 months.

Congressional investigators uncovered e-mails in which Parnell once directed employees to "turn them loose" after samples of peanuts had tested positive for salmonella but were cleared in a second test.

Parnell invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying before Congress in February 2009.

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