The salmonella could however be the tip of the iceberg. Fortune reported Friday "Dr. Ian Williams, who heads the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch at the Centers for Disease Control, explained that 714 illnesses are related to the outbreak, which may have led to “as many as 20,000 ill people across the United States,” per Consumerist."
Parnell's legal team have called a possible life sentence 'absurd' and deny he willingly hurt consumers.
Associated Press report his attorney said “We hope the judge will see that Stewart Parnell never meant to hurt anyone. He ate the peanut butter himself. He fed it to his children and to his grandchildren.”
That may be the case but in 2014 a federal jury convicted him of knowingly shipping tainted peanut butter.
If that verdict is correct the man has a lot to answer for.
But is life in jail a step too far or an appropriate sentence?
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Earlier the Guardian reported "Daily Telegraph publishes letter signed by thousands of business chiefs warning that a Labour government would be ‘far too risky’ for economy."
However to quote one thoughtful tweet seen Monday, Labour did not cause the UK deficit the global financial crisis was responsible. In plain English that says it all though there are many issues.
The Tories have tried to claim that they had no influence on the early business leaders' letter in the Telegraph but as the Guardian points out "Needless to say, the prime minister’s tennis partner and Tory co-chair, Lord Feldman, played a key role in organising the letter, whose signatories included 32 business leaders who have donated more than £9m to the Conservatives."
Their motives may be many things but that will not include the good of all or helping the vulnerable of the UK but rather be motivated by greed.
"The latest letter, orchestrated by entrepreneur Karren Brady and signed by 5,000 business owners, also published by the Daily Telegraph, marks a different approach. Far from keeping their fingerprints off it, the Tories left whopping great paw marks all over the letter, which warns that a change of government would be “far too risky” for business."
Brady's biography says "Her father was a self-made millionaire who made his fortune, complete with swimming pool, holidays in Barbados and Rolls-Royce, from his printing business while she was growing up. Not surprisingly, money was a driver in the Brady household."
That second generation millionaire status means she has no idea how many people live in the UK.
In August the Daily Mail reported "David Cameron to make Apprentice star Karren Brady a peer - and she could be a Minister next year."
On September 22, 2014, Brady was created Baroness Brady, of Knightsbridge in the City of Westminster. She is now
a Conservative life peer in the House of Lords.
But if you are gullible enough to believe the business letter was genuine and not part of Lynton Crosby's spin campaign for the Tories the Guardian reports "The letter has featured for weeks on a members’ section of the Tory website, as Brady sought signatures, and was featured in a Guardian article on 10 April. Eagle-eyed Twitter users also spotted that the author on the letter was CCHQ-Admin – Conservative campaign headquarters.
Some business leaders were quick to distance themselves from the April fool letter and today that is starting to happen with this second letter.
With Grant Shapps, co chairman of the Conservative Party, already accused of editing his bio on Wikipedia to censor it, and the bios of other Tories, the so-called Nasty Party is showing its true colours and perhaps should be renamed the Dodgy Party.
But we wonder about that assumption regarding Corporation Tax in the UK.
When Labour were about to introduce the minimum wage similar claims were made; businesses would suffer and some would fold it was said but that was simply not true.
Presumably business chiefs just want to make share the lion's share of profits goes to them and not the government.
As Social Security payments have been squeezed in the UK and public sector pay frozen under this generous Conservative led-government Chancellor George Osborne cut Corporation Tax at every opportunity.
So people were being told to tighten their belts due to necessary austerity measures following the global economic downturn of 2005 but big business was getting a hand out.
Today's Telegraph front page report is such that it even has an unflattering image of shadow chancellor Ed Balls and Labour leader Ed Miliband. But we all have such images and in order to offer balance will select our report image carefully from a wide-range.
With strict election campaigning rules in the UK where a letter by Tory donors and business buddies fits in the scheme of things is unclear.
It probably skirts the rules rather than breaking them but it offers ordinary people of the UK nothing.
It hints at job cuts and a broken economy if the Corporation Tax is raised, also hinting those involved are directly working for the Conservatives.
But it is all bluster, waffle and scaremongering.