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Peanut Corporation Managers Seek Funds For Legal Costs In Salmonella Cases

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A salmonella outbreak that caused at least nine deaths and made about 700 ill, was traced to peanut plants in Georgia and Texas.
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A salmonella outbreak that caused at least nine deaths and made about 700 ill, was traced to peanut plants in Georgia and Texas.

By Bill Redlin

The president of Peanut Corporation of America and three former managers want part of the $1 million corporate insurance policy for legal costs that arose from an outbreak of salmonella.

The outbreak made about 700 ill, and it has been linked to at least nine deaths throughout the country. The salmonella was traced to the company's plants in Georgia and Texas.

According to federal court filings reported by the News & Advance newspaper, Peanut Corporation President Steward Parnell is seeking the largest amount: $951,000.

Three former managers at the Georgia plant also are seeking funds for legal costs, and two former members of the board of directors are asking for unspecified funds.

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