Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Isn't This Attempted Murder?

The company at the heart of a growing recall of processed foods knew that its plant was contaminated with salmonella but continued to make a flavoring and sell it to foodmakers around the country, according to inspectors at the Food and Drug Administration.

Managers at Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas learned on Jan. 21 that samples taken a week earlier from their Nevada facility tested positive for salmonella, a potentially deadly bacterium, but they kept shipping their product to foodmakers, according to FDA inspection records.


Let's see - shipping a product known to contain a lethal bacterium - check. Definition of murder - check. Inchoate offense - check. Then why is it that if an individual walks into a convenience store and shoots the clerk, the suspect will be charged with murder if the victim dies and attempted murder if the victim lives but white-collar criminals who knowingly ship a defective product escape murder charges?

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