"Uh-oh"

By Harvey Wallbanger

Following up on my earlier post about the self-serving spin generated by the Peanut Corporation of America, the company at the center of investigation into widespread salmonella contamination, The New York Times reports that not only did PCA switch testing companies because it didn't like how its previous tester was finding too many instances of contamination, it actually shipped product before getting test results back.

 

"Uh-oh," is the quote attributed to one of the plant's managers, after hearing that tests of the already shipped product revealed salmonella.

Uh-oh indeed. Returning to PCA's press releases, meanwhile, we find this gem: "PCA is second to nobody in its desire to know all the facts . . ." I don't think we'll see too many more bits of prevarication like that, however, as PCA CEO Stewart Parnell now faces lawsuits, a Congressional subpoena, and likely criminal charges. I'm told in tough economic times PR flak-catchers are the first to go.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2009/02/-uh-oh/523/