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Randy Napier’s mother died in 2009 after eating peanut butter at an assisted living facility in Ohio. Along with other victims’ families, he has kept in touch with the Justice Department and pressured them to bring charges.
"I had begun to give up hope," Napier said after learning of the indictment. "It’s hard to put into words. We have waited so long for this."
Michael Moore, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said the probe took so many years to complete because the defendants attempted to conceal their actions and because thousands of documents had to be reviewed.
"These defendants cared less about the quality of the food they were providing to the American people and more about the quantity of money they were gathering while disregarding food safety," Moore said.
A federal judge in 2010 approved a $12 million insurance settlement for more than 100 salmonella victims.
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