Three peanut company officials guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak: report

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Posted: Sep 19, 2014 3:27 PM

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three former peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, local media reported.

The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, led to one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history and forced the company into liquidation.

Former company owner Stewart Parnell and his brother, Michael Parnell, a food broker, were found guilty of conspiracy and other charges, WALB-TV reported, while the plant's quality control manager, Mary Wilkerson, was found guilty of one count of obstruction.

They will be sentenced at a later date, the TV station reported.

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

(Reporting by David Beasley and Jonathan Kaminsky)