MEDINA, Ohio - Two years ago, nine people died after eating peanuts from the Peanut Corporation of America, including a local woman from Medina.
Randy Napier’s mother, Nellie Napier, died in 2009 after eating peanut butter that was contaminated with Salmonella.
The 2009 outbreak resulted in one of the most extensive food recalls in U.S. history, with 714 people falling ill and 9 people killed. Subsequent investigations revealed that the plant was filthy.
Napier has since made five trips to Washington D.C. to get laws changed that would allow the FDA stronger powers to recall and make inspections at food processing plants.
Partly due to his efforts, the food safety law passed and is now in need of funding. Napier was recently awarded for his lobbying efforts in food safety.
"I did it because of my mother and what's a son to do? I also did it for every American that eats…going into a grocery store was like playing Russian roulette with your life," he said.
Napier will join 5 other family members with similar stories of loved ones lost due to the Salmonella outbreak of 2009 at a press conference at American University in Washington D.C. on Friday.
Victims’ families will share their stories and call for legal action against former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell.
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