Michael Blume was quoted on January 25, 2018, on the federal appeals court decision to uphold the convictions of former executives of the Peanut Corporation of America, whose tainted peanuts were linked to the deaths of nine people. In a unanimous opinion, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Michael Parnell's 20-year prison sentence and the five-year term given to a third defendant, Mary Wilkerson, a quality assurance director—these rulings are believed to be the stiffest ever in a food safety case.
In remarks to the reporter, Blume said, "The case should send a message that resonates throughout the food industry. The result here is a very important signal for anybody in the food industry that the Department of Justice is willing to prosecute individuals and corporate executives for food safety violations. Folks in the industry need to know they have to be very vigilant in their compliance."