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Tainted Peanut Butter Leads to $11.2M Penalty a Decade Later

By on December 14, 2016

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015, file photo, flags fly over ConAgra Foods world headquarters in Omaha, Neb. Nearly a decade after hundreds of Americans got sick after eating Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella, ConAgra Foods appears close to settling a federal criminal case stemming from the outbreak. Federal prosecutors announced last year that Chicago-based ConAgra had agreed to pay $11.2 million, a sum that includes the highest fine ever in a U.S. food safety case,and plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge in the 2007 outbreak. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

ConAgra Foods world headquarters in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

ALBANY, Ga. – Food giant ConAgra is paying for a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds of Americans 10 years ago.

The president of a ConAgra conglomerate pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday on the company’s behalf to a misdemeanor charge of shipping adulterated food. The case resulted from a 2006 outbreak traced to Peter Pan peanut butter produced in southwest Georgia.

A judge approved a plea deal that requires ConAgra to pay an $8 million fine – the highest criminal fine ever imposed in the U.S. for a foodborne illness. The company will also pay $3.2 million in cash forfeitures.

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