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Peanut butter contamination: Naughty Business of the Week

Don't fear that the recent bankruptcy filing of the Peanut Corp. of America, the Lynchburg, Va.-based company accused of distributing peanut products tainted with salmonella, will get away too easily.

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection may shield them from litigation from the families of the nine people who died as a result of the outbreak, or the hundreds others who became sick.

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But there remain some tools in the arsenal ... 

... according to the Associated Press.

Peanut Corp. officials could face criminal prosecution, according to food safety lawyers contacted by the AP. The FBI has raided the plants in Georgia and Texas that were found with salmonella contamination.

Of course, the story also points out that there haven't been many arrests in similar cases:

The Consumers Union sees this as evidence that we need a stronger Food and Drug Administration:

(photo: Associated Press)

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